Final: Arizona 4 South Carolina 1
The second matchup between the final two standing at the College World Series features, once again, the offensive prowess of Arizona (47-17) and the pitching power of South Carolina (49-19).
The best-of-three series takes place at TD Ameritrade Park stadium in Omaha, Nebraska, continuing today at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
The Wildcats took the series lead yesterday with a victory over the Gamecocks, stunning the defending champions with some big-time hitting. Junior Robert Refsnyder, a fifth-round draft pick to New York, began the festivities with a two-run homer in the first inning. USC couldn't catch up to Arizona's early lead.
The Gamecocks are now forced to use stud pitcher Michael Roth in Game 2 so as to keep their quest to finish a three-peat following their claim over the 2010 and 2011 titles alive.
Arizona should rest their top starter Kurt Heyer in hopes that they never have to put the big-shot on the mound in a decisive Game 3. At this stage in the tournament, it will come down to every pitch and every at bat.
Now, with South Carolina's season on the line, it will all come down to the clutch.