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8:00 PM ET, June 25, 2012
Arizona wins College World Series, ends South Carolina's reign
OMAHA, Neb. -- Andy Lopez finally won his national championship with Arizona.The Wildcats ended South Carolina's two-year run of dominance at the College World Series with a 4-1 victory on Monday night, rewarding Lopez for persevering through the hard times that came with rebuilding the downtrodden program he took over 11 years ago.Lopez thought he had a title-caliber team in 2008, but the Wildcats lost a crushing three-game super regional at Miami that he laments to this day.He was devastated again in 2009 when his team failed to make the national tournament.A strong recruiting class two years ago formed the core of the team that won Arizona's first national championship since 1986, and fourth overall."They've just been a joy," said Lopez, flanked by his key players. "I mean, how many times have I told you I love suiting up with you guys? Said it today before the game. And I really do, I like suiting up with young guys that go to class, go to study hall, hustle on the field, clean up the clubhouse on their own.
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|3rd||T Gilbert grounded out to second, J Maggi scored.||1||0|
|7th||K Martin grounded out to first, C Walker scored, A Matthews to second.||1||1|
|9th||B Dixon doubled to left, R Refsnyder scored, B Brown to third.||2||1|
|9th||T Gilbert singled to right, B Brown and B Dixon scored, T Gilbert to second advancing on throw.||4||1|
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|Weather:||84 degrees, clear|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Jeff Henrichs, First Base - Phil Benson, Second Base - Dan Mascorro, Third Base - Mark Chapman|