Arizona vs. South Carolina Game 2: Score, Highlights and Analysis
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.
This college baseball season is over with Arizona finishing on top. Till next year, the Wildcats will reign.
The Wildcats break South Carolina's championship streak with a pop out to Refsnyder. Arizona wins their fourth national title and first since 1986. Andy Lopez wins his second title overall, leading this emboldened squad of misfits to a College World Series victory.
What a huge defensive stop by Arizona's second baseman. Almost snared the double play at second base with Dantzler.
The Wildcats need one more out to win the CWS.
Troupe earns his first out of the inning with a brilliant strikeout. The Wildcat infield was able to calm the freshman down with some words of encouragement. He has to continue being aggressive.
Walker starts off the inning with a clutch single to left field. USC looks aggressive at the plate for the first time this series.
Gilbert lofts a double into shallow right field to score two runs and put 'Zona up by three runs. Now, this USC offense will be more than strained in the final half-inning, almost certainly giving this CWS to the Wildcats.
Webb finishes out the inning with a groundout, but the damage has been dealt.
South Carolina subs in Tyler Webb for Matt Price at the mound in an attempt to slow down the Wildcats. Allowing any more runs would most certainly put the game out of reach in the bottom of the inning.
Dixon jacks one down the left hand line to allow Refsnyder access to home plate. The Wildcats take the lead with Dixon's biggest hit of his career. That may win the CWS right there....Price allows his first hit of the game.
Arizona is set up to put more runs in with a man on second and third in the top of the ninth.
GIGANTIC strikeout with one man left on third by Troupe. The Wildcats head into the ninth with the momentum trying to take the lead and finish off the defending champs.
Head coach Andy Lopez substituting in Matthew Troupe for James Farris. The big right-hander is a solid pitcher with a ton to offer with just one out to go and a USC runner threatening on third.
Mejia lines out to center field, stranding two runners and saving Price from giving up any runs in the eighth inning. Once again, USC pitching comes up strong in this CWS.
HUGE error by Dantzler on the throw to Walker that would've ended the inning....Arizona is looking to score now with Mejia coming up next. An extremely rare error by the Gamecocks.
Walker reaches on a chopper to first. Big-time job by South Carolina to tie this game up in the seventh inning. The Gamecocks are certainly in this to till the end.
Huge hit by USC...this is their surge of offense they get once a game. If they can score here with Walker, the Gamecocks will have a shot at pulling out this victory.
Price gets out of the inning with a pop up behind the plate. Huge play for the Gamecocks to escape the seventh by allowing no runs.
That's it for Michael Roth...rare for the left-hander to leave the game trailing but USC puts in stud reliever Matt Price to try and help the Gamecocks close out the inning and eventually take the lead. Tough finish for Roth in his last game ever as a college player.
Alex Mejia threatening from second following Refsnyder's sac-bunt. This could present another scoring opportunity for the Wildcats against Roth.
Farris once again goes three up and three down. He is pitching like an ace, matching Roth in every manner except runs allowed. Huge game for the sophomore as, under immense pressure, he continually performs.
This Arizona squad continues to show why they should own the title this season. Farris pitching like an ace and the defense is holding strong. South Carolina's weak batting is helping, but overall this Wildcats team is dangerous.
I don't see them losing this CWS, whether it be tonight or tomorrow.
Roth closes out another inning with strong pitching. Besides Arizona's run in the third, he has been brilliant. Look for USC to make a run in one of these upcoming innings on offense...they almost always do.
Yesterday it was snuffed out by Refsnyder's throw to third for the tag-out. Today...who knows?
USC finally grabs a hit off Dantzler's grounder up the middle of the diamond. With two outs, however, and the bottom of the lineup coming up, don't expect any runs from the Gamecocks.
Refsnyder earns Arizona's second hit of the game with a chopper up to center field. Maybe...just maybe this Wildcat lineup is getting to the power pitching of Michael Roth.
Farris once again retires the side. Field's huge catch at the warning track was a scary start, but Arizona continues to lead heading into the fourth inning.
Roth gets out of the inning allowing just one run...however, this could be the one that ends the defending two-time champs run at a three-peat. Impressive job by 'Zona to score on the big-shot pitcher.
The Wildcats score off Gilbert's groundout. Huge play for the Wildcats offense against Roth. Arizona has not trailed this entire CWS...so expect them to continue holding onto this lead with all of their might.
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