Arizona beats Gamecocks 5-1

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OMAHA, Neb. — Konner Wade threw his third straight complete game, Robert Refsnyder homered for the second game in a row and Arizona beat two-time defending national champion South Carolina 5-1 in the opener of the College World Series finals Sunday night.

Wade (11-3) limited the Gamecocks to six hits in a steady outing to help the Wildcats (47-17) move within a win of their first national championship since 1986 and fourth overall.

The Gamecocks (49-19) must beat Arizona twice to become the first team since Southern California in the early 1970s to win three championships in a row.

Refsnyder, batting .444 (8 of 18) in the CWS, went 2 for 3 and was intentionally walked twice. He hit a two-run homer off Forrest Koumas (2-3) in the first to give Arizona the lead, and he scored in the fifth on Bobby Brown's single to make it a four-run game.

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KSL 06/25/12 - 12:21 am
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Lose 6 starters and make it

Lose 6 starters and make it to the show again, you guys are great! So is your coach.

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Craig Spinks 06/25/12 - 01:02 am
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As Yogi is wont to remind us,

"It ain't over til it's over."

KSL
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KSL 06/25/12 - 02:12 am
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Just to let the ever

Just to let the ever obnoxious fans of uga of a few years past who proclaimed USC had no business being in the SEC, step up to the plate right now and make your point. Just recently the football coach was rated in the top 10 coaches. I have enough sense to know that doesn't translate into getting the corresponding players. But I digress it.

The utmost congratulations to the coach and team who made it to the finals after losing six starters from last year's team.

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Pops 06/25/12 - 08:26 am
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Belcher

Nolan pitched the last inning against Arizona and struck out the guy that hit the home run.

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