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Arizona begins its run at the College World Series on Saturday

Arizona earned its 17th trip to the College World Series, which is tied for the seventh-most all-time in NCAA history, after beating Mississippi State in games one and two in the Super Regional in Starkville, Miss. In the first game, All-Pac-12 honoree Bobby Dalbec threw a gem for the Wildcats in their 1-0 victory. The junior went 8.2 scoreless innings while only allowing five hits and striking out nine batters. In game 2, the Wildcats were down 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning when first baseman Ryan Aguilar hit a three-run home run to bring Arizona right back into the game. After a run in the bottom of the ninth to extend the game, Arizona won it in the bottom of the 11th with a walk-off single from freshman and Tucson native, Cesar Salazar.

Arizona squares off against Mississippi State in supers

Arizona is the lone Pac-12 representative remaining in the 2016 NCAA Baseball Championship. The Wildcats won four games at the Lafayette Regional to advance to the Super Regionals. Three of those wins came in 27 hours, playing double-headers on both June 5 and June 6. Arizona dropped the first game on the fifth to the host Louisiana-Lafayette but returned to beat Sam Houston State in an elimination game. Arizona then needed to beat the Ragin’ Cajuns twice on June 6 to advance and did just that. Arizona is back in the Super Regionals for the first time since 2012 when they claimed the NCAA Championship. ARIZONA STATE, UTAH and WASHINGTON were all eliminated before reaching the final of their respective regionals.