South Carolina’s two year run as baseball’s national champion ended in Omaha Monday night with a 4-1 loss to Arizona. The Wildcats took the championship series in two games for their fourth national title and first since 1986, and they denied the Gamecocks a place in history as they were attempting to become just the second team to win more that two consecutive championships.
The game went to the ninth tied at one but the Wildcats scored the go ahead run on a single Robert Refsnyder and a double by Brandon Dixon off of Gamecock closer Matt Price. They added two more runs off Tyler Webb for a 4-1 lead going to the bottom of the ninth.
The Gamecocks put a scare into the Wildcats in the bottom of the ninth by loading the bases with one out against closer Matthew Troupe. But Tanner English hit a line drive to the second baseman and Grayson Greiner flied out to right to end the game.
The Arizona players then rushed the mound for the traditional championship dogpile. Refsnyder was named the World Series most outstanding player. He batted .476 with two home runs and five RBIs.
The Gamecock’s lack of offense finally caught up with them in the championship series. Over their final six games of the CWS, they batted just .188 and scored only 12 runs.