College World Series 2012: Top Moments from Thrilling Final
The Arizona Wildcats won Game 2 of the 2012 College World Series Finals against the South Carolina Gamecocks 4-1 Monday night to clinch the program's first title since 1986.
There were plenty of heart-stopping moments in the two games, especially from the Arizona side.
Here are three of the best moments from the 2012 College World Series Finals.
Konner Wade's Game 1 Complete Game
Wade absolutely dumbfounded the entire South Carolina lineup all throughout Game 1. Sunday night against the Gamecocks, Wade went the distance, allowing just one earned run and six hits while striking out three.
This shouldn't have come as a surprise for anybody watching at home. Sunday's gem was the cherry on top of a trio of masterful performances by the sophomore. Wade went wire-to-wire in all three contests to the tune of a 1.00 ERA, a 0.67 WHIP, just one walk and nine strikeouts.
Who throws back-to-back-to-back complete games? Oh, that's right, nobody. That type of success is unheard of in baseball today, but Wade proved he is in a class of his own in Game 1.
Not too bad for a guy who had an ERA above four coming into the opening game of the Finals.
Brandon Dixon's Go-Ahead RBI Double
With one out and runners on first and second in the top of the ninth in Game 2, defensive replacement Brandon Dixon ripped an RBI double down the left-field line just out of the reach of diving South Carolina third baseman LB Dantzler.
Apparently Dixon took exception to Gamecocks manager Ray Tanner deciding to intentionally walk Bobby Brown to put runners on first and second after Robert Refsnyder had singled to lead off the inning. Dixon made Tanner pay for his choice by tucking one right inside the third base line.
What a story this is for Dixon. When he entered the game, he became one of only two Wildcats in the lineup to have a batting average under .300. It wasn't the big bats that got the job done for Andy Lopez and company, but rather an unheralded first baseman.
10 Straight Wins for Arizona
Arizona put an exclamation point on its dominant run through the regional, super regional and College World Series with its 10th consecutive victory in the Game 2 clincher.
In the 10 postseason games, the Wildcats outscored their opponents 88-28 in one of the most impressive showings in recent college baseball history.
Will Arizona repeat next season?
It was supposed to be their hitting that would bring this team a title, but they need not look any further than the mound. In the five CWS games, Arizona got plenty of help from the men on the bump, who allowed just eight runs in 48 innings of play.
The Gamecocks were a great ballclub, but they were no match for this brilliant Arizona Wildcats club.
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