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Arizona beats Gamecocks 5-1 in CWS finals opener

By: Courtesy: Associated Press
By: Courtesy: Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Konner Wade threw his third straight complete
game, Robert Refsnyder homered for the second game in a row and
Arizona beat two-time 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.

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