Arizona tops St. John's, heads to College World Series

Arizona's Alex Mejia dives to get the ball during Game 2. The Wildcats completed a sweep of St. John's on Saturday to earn a spot in the College World Series.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Konner Wade tossed a six-hitter and Arizona earned its first trip to the College World Series since 2004 by beating St. John’s 7-4 on Saturday to complete a two-game sweep.


A three-time national champion, Arizona (43-17) earned a share of the Pac-12 championship for the first time since 1993 and is headed back to Omaha for the 16th time after finishing off the Red Storm.

The Wildcats rallied from five runs down to win the first game of the super regional on Friday and jumped on St. John’s (40-24) early in Game 2, scoring three runs in the first inning off Sean Hagan (8-3).



In Baton, Rouge, La., Tyler Johnson threw a three-hitter and allowed an unearned run, and Stony Brook defeated Louisiana State to even the super regional series at one game each.

LSU (47-17) could not muster the late-inning magic of the series opener, when the Tigers hit three game-tying homers before winning the rain-postponed game 5-4 in the 12th inning Saturday morning.

Johnson improved to 12-1, and now Stony Brook (51-13) is one victory from its first College World Series, with the final game of the best-of-three series to be played today.



In Gainesville, Fla., Mike Zunino homered and drove in three runs and Hudson Randall pitched seven scoreless innings as Florida beat North Carolina State in Game 1.

The top-seeded Gators
(46-18) improved to 9-0 against Atlantic Coast Conference teams this season and need one more win to advance to the College World Series for the third consecutive year.



In Waco, Texas, Logan Vick homered twice and Trent Blank scattered seven hits over eight innings as Baylor beat Arkansas in the opener of their super regional series.

The Bears (49-15) can earn their first trip to the College World Series since 2005 with a win over the Razorbacks (42-20) on Sunday.


RAINED OUT: Game 2 of the super regionals between Florida State and Stanford was postponed Saturday night because of rain.



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