''I grabbed the group together and said, `Listen, if you want to win the Pac 12 or host regionals and do things that we've set as goals, we can't lose another series from here on, end of story. To be very candid with you, they've played exceptionally good baseball from that point on. And so far so good. They'll continue the process, hopefully.''
The Wildcats' run at the CWS started with a 4-3, 12-inning win over Florida State. Konner Wade threw a complete-game shutout two nights later against UCLA, and then they won easily in the rematch with the Seminoles.
The Seminoles (50-17) were making their 21st appearance in Omaha and no other team has played in the CWS as many times without winning a championship. Martin has been coach for 15 of those trips to Omaha.
He said the championship drought isn't testing his patience.
''Not at all,'' he said. ''I'll tell you exactly how I feel. It's Christmastime. You get to come to Omaha, Nebraska, and experience the week of Christmas with great people. You'll have memories that you'll cherish for the rest of your life.
''No, I don't feel like Job. I feel like King David, because I am on top of the world with people that will fight for you for 27 outs in a game.''
Leibrandt (8-3) was knocked out after 4 1/3 innings of the Seminoles' first-round loss to Arizona. On Thursday, he threw 31 pitches, only 15 strikes, and his throwing error set the stage for Arizona's big first inning.
Leibrandt's struggle marked the third time in this CWS that a starting pitcher lasted an inning or less. Florida's Hudson Randall made it one inning against Kent State on Monday and UCLA's Zack Weiss was pulled after one-third of an inning against Florida State on Tuesday.
The last time so many CWS starters failed to get more than three outs was in 1995, when five got the early hook.
Arizona's six runs in the first resulted from four singles, three walks, a sacrifice fly and the three errors. No team at the CWS had committed as many errors in an inning since Miami had the same number in a 2004 game against Cal State Fullerton.