June 13, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Nick Hundley's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning gave Arizona a 4-3 victory in an NCAA super regional Sunday over Long Beach State and sent the Wildcats to the COLLEGE World Series for the first time in 18 years.

Moises Duran reached and took second on a throwing error by third baseman Danny Mocny. He went to third on a wild pitch by Neil Jamison (3-5) before scoring on Hundley's fly to center.

Long Beach (40-21) rallied to tie it at 3 on Sean Boatright's run-scoring single off John Meloan with one out in the ninth. Meloan pitched 8 1-3 innings, giving up three runs on nine hits. Mark Melancon (6-4) pitched 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief.

Jeff Van Houten's two-run single off Long Beach reliever Brian Anderson put Arizona (35-25-1) ahead 3-2 in the seventh.

Anderson replaced left-hander Jason Vargas, who gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Arizona coach Andy Lopez will take his third team to Omaha. He previously coached Florida and Pepperdine to series appearances, winning the 1992 championship with the Waves. He is one of only eight Division I coaches to take two different schools to Omaha.

Arizona and The 2004 College World Series

- Arizona will appear in its 15th all-time College World Series, tying it with Stanford for the seventh-most in CWS history.

- 2004 marks the first time in 18 years that Arizona has been to Omaha (1986).

- 2004 was Arizona's first-ever appearance in a Super Regional.

- Arizona's Andy Lopez becomes just the third head coach in Division I history to lead three different schools to the College World Series (Larry Cochelle - Oral Roberts, Cal State Fullerton, Oklahoma and Ron Polk - Georgia Southern, Mississippi State, Georgia).

- The CWS appearance will be the fourth for an Andy Lopez-coached team in his 16 seasons as a Division I head coach and the fifth on the DI and DII levels in 22 years.

- Andy Lopez (third year) becomes the fastest coach in school history to lead the Wildcats to the College World Series. Legendary UA head coach Jerry Kindall took his first team in his fourth season and Frank Sancet advanced to Omaha in his fifth year. Lopez (2004), Kindall (1976, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986) and Sancet (1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970) are the only coaches to have taken UA to the College World Series.

- Arizona's appearance in Omaha extends the Pac-10's streak to eight straight years with at least one conference team advancing to the CWS.

- Assistant coach Steve Kling has been on all four of Andy Lopez's CWS coaching staffs. Assistant coach Mark Wasikowski is making his first appearance in Omaha as a coach, but was the starting third baseman on the 1992 Pepperdine national championship team under Lopez's guide. Volunteer assistant Jeff Casper, a four-year letterwinner at Arizona, will be making his first-ever appearance in Omaha.

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