OMAHA — Brandon Dixon’s RBI double gave Arizona the lead in the ninth inning and the Wildcats held on to capture the school’s fourth baseball national championship on Monday night with a 4-1 win over South Carolina.
Arizona took an early 1-0 lead in the third, but saw South Carolina tie the game at 1-1 on a seventh inning ground out. But the Wildcats wouldn’t be denied, rallying for three runs in the top of the ninth to complete a perfect 5-0 run in Omaha. It is Arizona’s first championship since 1986.
Kevin Kugler and Scott Graham called the action.
(Trent Gilbert’s ground out gives Arizona a 1-0 lead)
(Kyle Martin ties the game with a ground out of his own)
(Seth Mejias-Brown’s stellar play cuts down the lead runner in the bottom of the 8th)
(Mathew Troupe gets Joey Pankake looking to end the 8th)
(Robert Refsnyder leads off the 9th with a single for Arizona)
(Brandon Dixon’s RBI double puts Arizona ahead 2-1)
(Trent Gilbert plates two more with a single that makes it 4-1 Wildcats)
(Gilbert snags a line drive in the bottom of the 9th and almost ends the game)
(Troupe gets the final out and Arizona are national champs)
(Kevin Kugler and Scott Graham recap the championship winner for Arizona)
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