June 23, 2012
CWS Results & Schedule
CWS First-time Appearances
NCAA Interactive Bracket
CWS Championship Series Notes
By Phil Stanton
1: #8 South Carolina vs. Arizona, 7 p.m. CT
2: Arizona vs. #8 South Carolina, 7 p.m. CT
3: Arizona vs. #8 South Carolina, 7 p.m. CT (if necessary)
will be the first meeting between Arizona and South Carolina.
Gamecocks, under head coach Ray Tanner, are looking for their
third straight national championship after beating UCLA in 2010
and Florida in 2011. The only other program to record at least
three consecutive titles is USC, which captured five in a row
excited to be invited to the Ray Tanner Invitational,” said
Arizona head coach Andy Lopez. “We're excited to be a part of
this weekend. And what Ray's done, Ray and I have been friends
for a long time. I have nothing but respect with what he's done
at South Carolina. My God, it's an amazing thing they've done.
“Really excited to be a part of it and going to try to go out
and play good baseball and make it a good weekend. And, again,
it will be a great moment for one program, and for the other one
it should be a great moment as well. It really should. Excited
to be a part of it and real thankful we've been blessed to be a
part of this thing.”
won a national championship in 1992 with Pepperdine. He is
looking to join Augie Garrido as the only head coaches to win
national titles with two different schools. Garrido guided Cal
State Fullerton to crowns in 1979, 1984 and 1995 before leading
Texas to titles in 2002 and 2005.
Carolina is the first team to play in three straight finals
since Texas won in 1983 and finished second in 1984 and 1985.
excited to be here,” Tanner said. “And Coach Lopez and I have
known each other for a long time. I have the utmost respect for
him as a baseball coach and person. And normally when we get
together we have a good time, great conversation, and our teams
get after it the best we can. And he has a great club. And
we're looking forward to the opportunity, and hopefully it will
be a great championship series.”
with its two championships, South Carolina has been runner-up
three times, falling to Texas in 1975, Arizona State in 1977 and
Texas in 2002.
Arizona has won three titles (1976 over Eastern Michigan, 1980
over Hawaii, 1986 over Florida State) and finished second three
times (losing to Minnesota in 1956, Oklahoma State in 1959 and
USC in 1963).
teams represent the top two conferences in national titles. The
Pac-12 leads with 15 titles, while the SEC is second with nine
crowns. The SEC has claimed the past three championships, with
LSU winning in 2009 and South Carolina taking the past two.
I enjoy about SEC baseball,” said Robert Refsnyder of Arizona,
“and especially South Carolina, they play the game of baseball
right. They get after it. They try to take the extra base on the
base path and play sound defense. And what they do really well,
in my opinion, offensively with two outs and a guy on second
base, they do a really good job getting them in. They just play
baseball great, and I'm sure the brand of baseball they want
over there. They've been executing it the past couple years.
It's going to be a great match‑up between Pac‑12 and SEC,
because every day I feel like the Pac‑12 is trying to get up to
the point where the SEC is today.”
will be the fourth match-up between the Pac-12 and the SEC for
the national crown. Arizona State edged South Carolina 2-1 in
1977, LSU nipped Stanford 6-5 in 2000 and South Carolina took
two from UCLA in the 2010 championship series, 7-1 and 2-1 in 11
Arizona had five players taken in the first 10 rounds of the
2012 MLB Draft:
Alex Mejia (4, St. Louis), OF Robert Refsnyder (5, NY Yankees),
RHP Kurt Heyer (6, St. Louis), 3B Seth Mejias-Brean (8,
Cincinnati), OF Joey Rickard (9, Tampa Bay).
Carolina also had five players selected in the 2012 MLB Draft:
Christian Walker (4, Baltimore), RHP Matt Price (7, Baltimore),
OF Evan Marzilli (8, Arizona), LHP Michael Roth (9, LA Angels),
OF Adam Matthews (29, Cincinnati).