Brandon Dixon's tiebreaking double was part of a three-run ninth inning for Arizona, and the Wildcats won their first national title since...
OMAHA, Neb. — Brandon Dixon’s tiebreaking double was part of 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.
James Farris and Mathew Troupe combined to limit the Gamecocks (49-20) to three hits as the Wildcats (48-17) won their fourth title overall. The others were in 1976 and 1980.
Arizona, which shared the Pac-12 season title with UCLA, swept the best-of-three final at the College World Series. The Wildcats beat South Carolina 5-1 in Game 1.
Dixon, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning, sent a grounder down the third-base line 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.
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“We were extremely fortunate to get away with this victory,” coach Andy Lopez said.
Lopez, who won it all at Pepperdine in 1992, became the second coach to win a Division I baseball title at two different schools. Augie Garrido was the first, winning three at Cal State Fullerton and two at Texas.
Down three runs in the bottom of the ninth, South Carolina loaded the bases against Troupe (6-1) with one out.
Tanner English made the second out and Grayson Greiner flied out to right fielder Robert Refsnyder to end the game.