The Arizona Wildcats have already proven that they are a force to be reckoned with at the plate and will further solidify that belief in the 2012 College World Series Finals against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Andy Lopez's club is in the top-five in the country in both batting average and runs scored. As a team, the Wildcats are hitting a robust .330 and have scored 7.4 runs per game so far in 2012.
Arizona's bats went missing through their first two games at the College World Series, in which they scored just eight runs total, but the Wildcats redeemed themselves at the dish in their last game against the Florida State Seminoles.
They wasted no time jumping all over Florida State starter Brandon Leibrandt. The freshman phenom lasted just one-third of an inning, threw only 31 pitches and allowed six runs (two earned).
Arizona went on to score four more in the fourth inning to win by a score of 10-3. Every hitter in the Wildcats' lineup reached base at least once in the victory that clinched their berth in the College World Series Finals. Leibrandt was one of the best pitchers in the country all season, but he was no match for the sluggers in Arizona's lineup.
South Carolina boasts some impressive pitching of their own, though. Coach Ray Tanner's club has compiled a paltry 2.97 ERA thus far through the 2012 season. Pitching isn't their problem, though.
The South Carolina lineup hasn't produced nearly enough runs so far in this tournament, and it's a miracle that they have gotten this far. They scored just 17 runs in their last five games, seven of which came in their College World Series opener against the Florida Gators. That means in the four other games they scored only 10 runs, equal to Arizona's output in their last game alone.
It looked like the Gamecocks could have played nine more innings without scoring a run against the Arkansas Razorbacks. After scoring two runs in the fourth, one on a bases loaded walk, the Gamecocks scored in the seventh when right fielder Adam Matthews managed another walk with the bases loaded to give his team a 3-2 lead.
What's your prediction?
If the South Carolina is unable to attack Arizona's subpar pitching staff, there is just no way that they'll be able to complete the three-peat they so desire. Eking out walks against a team that has scored 79 runs since the regional stage won't bode well for the Gamecocks.
The Wildcats can mash just as well as any other team in the nation. They jump all over pitchers early and are unrelenting no matter what the score.
This is their tournament to win and the only way they won't win their third College World Series title is if their bats inexplicably go cold.