Game 1 of the best-of-three College World Series Finals was a night to remember—if you are a fan of the Arizona Wildcats, who won 5-1.
South Carolina Gamecocks' fans would probably rather deal with a short bout of memory loss than have to recount a night in which they were Arizona's latest victim in this tournament.
The game as a whole showed Arizona's superiority, but there were a few specific moments that will be looked back on as the best of the night.
Here are three of those moments.
Robert Refsnyder's First-Inning Home Run
Refsnyder has been the best hitter in the Wildcats' lineup all season. He proved why when he hit a two-run bomb in the first inning off South Carolina starter Forrest Koumas.
The importance of jumping all over the Gamecocks early cannot be understated. They have scored more than five runs on just two occasions through the regional, super regional and College World Series, so putting them in an early hole was huge.
Arizona did not get on the board through scrappy play and small ball. The first-inning dinger was a microcosm of the Wildcats' season. Johnny Field gets on base, Alex Mejia moves him over and Refsnyder hits a bomb.
Talk about a display of composure and opposite field power. Refsnyder had two strikes on him, got a pitch to hit and sent it into the South Carolina bullpen in right field.
The Drive for Nine
The Wildcats entered the night having won eight straight games in this tournament. In case you missed it, they had no problem winning their ninth in a row.
Prior to Game 1, the Gamecocks had allowed just eight runs in their five College World Series games. Needless to say, they did not get the result they hoped for in this one.
Arizona has shown how dominant they really are by tearing through the field of the best teams in the country with relative ease. They have showcased their pitching depth and further solidified the belief that they are the best team at the dish in this tournament.
They have won playing small ball, long ball and any type of ball in between. The Wildcats truly are the class of the 2012 College World Series.
Konner Wade's Gem
Konner Wade has showed that he can take the bump when it counts most and turn in a ridiculously impressive performance.
Wade has been a saving grace for Andy Lopez this postseason. Listen to these down right absurd numbers that Wade has put up his last three times out: Three complete games, 1.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, nine strikeouts, one walk and an incredibly efficient 317 pitches.
Nobody throws back-to-back-to-back complete games anymore, especially during such extreme circumstances. He's thrown just 317 pitches in 27 innings. That is an average of under 12 pitches per game.
Which of these three moments is the most memorable?
Don't forget that he went eight innings in his regional start against St. John's at the beginning of the month. Who knows where the Wildcats would be without this kid?
Hitting was supposed to be the biggest advantage that Arizona had heading into this College World Series, but Wade's pitching hasn't been too shabby either.