ARIZONA DEFEATS CAROLINA 4-1 TO WIN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
The Arizona Wildcats
scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the South
Carolina Gamecocks, 4-1 Monday night in game two of the best-of-3
College World Series Championship Series at TD Ameritrade Park in
Omaha. The hard-fought win in front of an announced attendance of
23,872 gave Arizona a sweep of the championship series and ended South
Carolina’s hopes of a third-straight title.
started the ninth inning rally for the Wildcats by chopping a leadoff
single to left off Carolina reliever Matt Price. After a sacrifice bunt
and an intentional walk, Brandon Dixon doubled down the left field
line, putting Arizona on top 2-1. Trent Gilbert capped the uprising
with a key two-out, two-run single off Tyler Webb for a 4-1 Wildcat
The Gamecocks did not go down without a fight in the
ninth. Christian Walker singled and LB Dantzler walked to start the
frame. After Adam Matthews struck out, Kyle Martin walked to load the
bases. Tanner English lined to second for the second out and Grayson
Greiner flied to right to end the contest.
For the second
straight night, Arizona struck first. Joseph Maggi led off the third
inning with a double past the third base bag, snapping Michael Roth’s
string of consecutive batters retired at 28, dating back to Thursday’s
win over Kent State. Maggi was sacrificed to third and scored on
Gilbert’s ground out, putting the Wildcats on top 1-0.
(48-18) had an opportunity to add an insurance run in the seventh. Alex
Mejia singled to center and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Seth
Mejias-Brean was walked intentionally before Bobby Brown grounded into
a fielder’s choice, leaving runners at the corners with two outs and
ending Roth’s night. Price relieved Roth and got Dixon to foul out to
end the threat.
Roth, making his final pitching appearance as a
Gamecock, allowed just three hits and one run with one intentional walk
and three strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. He threw 85 pitches, 59
Arizona starter James Farris matched Roth
out-for-out, keeping the Gamecocks off balance and off the scoreboard
for most of the night. Through the first six innings, Carolina had just
two baserunners, a first inning two-out walk by Walker and a fourth
inning two-out single by Dantzler.
But the Gamecocks (49-20)
finally came up with the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh.
Walker led off the inning with a walk, his second of the game and
record-tying eighth in this CWS. After Dantzler popped out, Matthews
executed a perfect hit-and-run single to right, advancing Walker to
third. Martin’s groundout plated Walker to even the score at 1-1.
threatened again in the eighth. Gilbert stroked a one-out single to
left. After Joey Rickard struck out, Johnny Field grounded to third.
Dantzler threw a one-hopper that Walker was unable to scoop and when
the ball got away, Gilbert went to third. However Price was able to get
Alex Mejia, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, to line out to center to end
Carolina also had a chance to tally in the bottom of
the eighth. Greiner was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning but was
thrown out at second on Chase Veragson’s bunt attempt. Vergason swiped
second and continued on to third when the throw sailed into centerfield
as Evan Marzilli fanned for the second out, the final batter Farris
would face. Joey Pankake was called out on strikes to end the threat.
worked 7.2 innings, allowing just two hits and one run with two walks
and four strikeouts. He threw 95 pitches. Mathew Troupe (6-1) worked
the final 1.1 innings for the win. Price (5-5) was tagged with the loss.
Arizona had seven hits and left six runners on base. Carolina had just three hits, all singles, and left seven runners stranded.
ends his stellar career with three CWS records including career starts
(8), career innings pitched (60.1) and career hit batsmen (7). Matt
Price tied the record for career appearances in the CWS with 13.
Christian Walker tied a single season CWS record with eight walks and
tied career marks with 73 at-bats and 28 hits.
Gamecock fans are
encouraged to welcome the team at Carolina Stadium when it returns to
Columbia on Tuesday afternoon. Arrival is expected shortly after 1 p.m.
2012 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Catcher – Riley Moore, Arizona
First Base – Christian Walker, South Carolina
Second Base – Devon Travis, Florida State
Third Base – Sherman Johnson, Florida State
Shortstop – Alex Mejia, Arizona
Outfield – Evan Marzilli, South Carolina
Outfield – Joey Rickard, Arizona
Outfield – Robert Refsnyder, Arizona
Designated Hitter – Bobby Brown, Arizona
Pitcher – Michael Roth, South Carolina
Pitcher – Konner Wade, Arizona
Most Outstanding Player – Robert Refsnyder, Arizona
SOUTH CAROLINA GAME NOTES
Carolina is the first team to play in the championship game/series in
three straight years since Texas from 1983-85. The Longhorns won
the title in 1983 and then finished runner-up in ’84 (to Cal State
Fullerton) and ’85 (to Miami).
South Carolina allowed a run or
less in five separate games during the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Only
three teams have ever held an opponent to a run or fewer six different
times during one tournament: Cal State Fullerton in 2004 (six
games), Miami (Fla.) in 1974 (six) and Arizona State in 1972 (seven).
Roth made his eighth career MCWS start, setting a new all-time
record. Roth had been tied with J.D. Arteaga of Miami (Fla.) for
the top spot on that list. He also has the record for three
starts in the MCWS Championship Finals.
Prior to the intentional walk in the seventh, Roth had not issued a free pass in 18.2 innings.
Maggi’s double in the third broke a string of 28 consecutive batters
retired by Roth over two games. Ironically, Roth has actually
recorded 29 consecutive outs as the streak started with a double play
on June 21 against Kent State to end the second inning.
a string of eight consecutive quality starts (6.0 innings or more,
three earned runs or less). He has gone at least 6.0 innings in
19 of 20 starts this season. Tonight, Roth allowed one run on
three hits and one walk in 6.2 innings.
Roth extended his record
to 60.1 career innings pitched at the MCWS. He has four victories
(4-0) to his credit, second only to teammate Matt Price’s five in MCWS
history. Roth made his 10th career appearance, fourth most
Roth’s career ERA of 1.49 is the fifth lowest among all pitchers with at least 30.0 career IP at the MCWS.
became the first player to start in the championship game of an MCWS in
three different years. Jim Withers of Southern California (1960,
1961) is the only other player to even start in two.
tied the MCWS career appearance record when he entered in the top of
the seventh. He has now made 13 appearances in the MCWS, tying
Texas’ J. Brent Cox (2003-04-05)
Price’s 20.1-inning scoreless
streak at the MCWS was snapped in the ninth. He has allowed just
four earned runs in 26.1 career innings (1.35 ERA) in Omaha.
Webb has not allowed a run in 21.2 career innings in the NCAA
Tournament. He has allowed just nine hits over that span (.125
opposing batting average).
Christian Walker tided Dustin Ackley
of North Carolina for the MCWS record with 28 career hits. Walker
also tied Garrett Gore and Chad Flack of North Carolina for the MCWS
at-bats record with 73 in his career.
Walker’s two walks tied
the single MCWS record of eight (accomplished by 10 different
players). For his career, Walker has drawn 13 free passes and
struck out just four times in Omaha.
Evan Marzilli’s 71 career MCWS at bats are fourth most all-time, while his six doubles rank fourth.