Wade pitches Arizona past South Carolina

Posted: June 26, 2012

OMAHA, Neb. - Konner Wade threw his third straight complete game, Robert Refsnyder homered for the second game in a row, and Arizona beat two-time and defending national champion South Carolina, 5-1, in the opener of the College World Series finals Sunday night. 

Wade (11-3) limited the Gamecocks to six hits in a steady outing to help the Wildcats (47-17) move within a win of their first national championship since 1986 and fourth overall. 

The Gamecocks (49-19) must beat Arizona twice to become the first team since Southern California in the early 1970s to win three championships in a row. 

Refsnyder, batting .444 (8 of 18) in the CWS, went 2 for 3 and was intentionally walked twice. 

He hit a two-run homer off Forrest Koumas (2-3) in the first to give Arizona the lead, and he scored in the fifth on Bobby Brown's single to make it a four-run game.

Refsnyder, who has eight homers this season, also went deep Thursday in the Wildcats' bracket-winning victory over Florida State. 

His home run Sunday was the first allowed by South Carolina in 77 innings. 

Wade is 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four NCAA tournament starts (35 innings, five earned runs).

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