The Wildcats had a chance to wrap things up in the ninth inning, but starter John Meloan ran out of gas. The Cats led 3-2 and Andy Lopez hung with Meloan despite throwing over 140 pitches. Meloan surrendered a single and a walk and worked Sean Boatwright deep into the count before a bloop single tied the game.
Despite a bad error on a tailor-made double play ball, the Wildcats got out of the jam a batter later.
In the bottom of the 11th, Duran got on board on a two-base error. Jason Donald failed to move him over on a two-strike bunt, but a wild pitch allowed him to advance to third. The 49ers elected to intentially walk Richard Mercado and pitch to Hundley, who was 0-4 up to that point.
Hundley's fly ball was just deep enough and the throw to the plater was wide. Duran scored standing up.
Arizona advances to the World Series for the first time since 1986. Arizona head coach Andy Lopez becomes the third coach to take three different teams to the College World Seies. He took Pepperdine and Florida there previously.
Arizona is the first team with just 35 wins to advance to Omaha since Cal in 1992. The UA registered eight hits and the key error, while Long Beach State managed 10 hits and two miscues.