OMAHA, Neb. — The Arizona Wildcats haven’t named a starting pitcher for Thursday’s College World Series semifinal game, but coach Andy Lopez said today that is “leaning toward” ace Kurt Heyer.
Heyer pitched in the UA’s CWS-opening win over Florida State, but did not factor in a decision. He threw off the mound during today’s practice at Creighton University. Lopez and UA trainers will evaluate Heyer on Wednesday before deciding.
“I’d like to throw him. I like Kurt. I don’t think it’s that big of a decision,” Lopez told the Star today. “If he says he feels pretty good, we’ll go with him.”
Arizona (45-17) will face the winner of tonight's game between Florida State and UCLA.
Should Heyer start, right-hander James Farris — the Wildcats’ No. 3 starter —move to the bullpen for the next few games. Konner Wade, fresh off a five-hit shutout of UCLA, would pitch Friday if necessary.
Also today, UA shortstop Alex Mejia practiced for the first time since injuring his ankle against Florida State. Mejia was limited, however; he took part in fielding drills but did not take batting practice. The Wildcats are spending the afternoon at an Omaha children’s hospital; the team’s coaches, and a few players, are expected to watch tonight’s game.