USC loses bid for third straight title
Tue, 26 Jun 2012 03:30:41 GMT —
OMAHA, Neb. (WACH, AP) -- Brandon Dixon's tie-breaking double started a three-run ninth inning for Arizona, and the Wildcats won their first national title since 1986 with a 4-1 victory over two-time defending champion South Carolina on Monday night.
James Farris and Mathew Troupe combined to limit the Gamecocks to three hits as the Wildcats won their fourth title overall. The others came in 1976 and 1980.
Dixon, who entered the game in the sixth inning, sent a grounder down the third-base line past LB Dantzler for his first hit of the CWS.
Tyler Webb relieved Matt Price (5-5), and Trent Gilbert drove in his second and third runs of the game with a two-out single that broke open the game.
South Carolina was trying to become the first team in 40 years to win three consecutive national titles.
The Gamecocks loaded the bases against Troupe (6-1) in the ninth but couldn't score.
Michael Roth finished his stellar career with the Gamecocks with three CWS records including career starts (8), career innings pitched (60.1) and career hit batsmen (7). Matt Price tied the record for career appearances in the CWS with 13. Christian Walker tied a single season CWS record with eight walks and tied career marks with 73 at-bats and 28 hits.
The Carolina team is scheduled to return to Carolina Stadium Tuesday around 1 p.m.
(The Associated Press and USC Sports Information contributed to this report.)