June 25, 2012
Arizona 4, #8 South Carolina 1
Championship Series Game 2
Arizona wins fourth baseball
title, 18th title overall
By Phil Stanton
Arizona has won 18 total national championships
and four in baseball (1976, 1980, 1986, 2012). The Wildcats have
won national crowns in softball (8), men’s basketball (1), men’s
golf (1), women’s golf (2), men’s swimming and diving (1) and
women’s swimming and diving (1).
Andy Lopez has joined Augie Garrido as the only
head coaches to win national titles with two different schools.
Lopez also won with Pepperdine in 1992, while Garrido captured
crowns with Cal State Fullerton (1979, 1984, 1995) and Texas
Arizona never trailed in its five CWS games,
becoming the third team to never trail in a College World
Series. The Wildcats joined Texas of 1949 (three games) and LSU
in 1991 (four games).
The Pac-12 how has 16 CWS titles, the most for
any conference, and the first for the league since Oregon State
won in 2007.
Arizona finished the season by winning its final
11 games and 18 of the past 20 contests.
During its five CWS games, the Arizona pitching
staff posted a team ERA of 1.13 (eight runs in 48 innings).
General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, was recognized prior to the game.
Arizona got an unusual 3-4-1 putout to end the
bottom of the third. Evan Marzilli hit a grounder to the right
side. First baseman Joseph Maggi dove to his right and the ball
deflected off his glove to second baseman Trent Gilbert, who
threw to pitcher James Farris covering first for the out.
Matt Price tied a CWS career record with 13
Michael Roth owns three CWS career marks: 60.1
IP, eight starts, seven hit batsmen.
Christian Walker tied a pair of CWS career
record. Walker and Dustin Ackley of North Carolina both have 28
hits. Walker matched Garrett Gore and Chad Flack of UNC with 73
2012 College World Series All-Tournament Team
C Riley Moore, Arizona
1B Christian Walker, South Carolina
2B Devon Travis, Florida State
3B Sherman Johnson, Florida State
SS Alex Mejia, Arizona
OF Evan Marzilli, South Carolina
OF Joey Rickard, Arizona
OF Robert Refsnyder, Arizona
DH Bobby Brown, Arizona
P Michael Roth, South Carolina
P Konner Wade, Arizona
Most Outstanding Player: Robert Refsnyder,