One more win.
The Arizona Wildcats are one victory away from winning the College World Series after they took game one from the South Carolina Gamecocks 5-1 on Sunday night.
Konner Wade went the distance for the second consecutive time in Omaha, giving up just a single run as he scattered six hits. He struck out three Gamecocks and only walked one batter as he earned the win, bringing his record to 11-3 on the season.
Arizona took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Johnny Field punched a one out ground ball through the left side of the infield for a single. A batter later, Robert Refsnyder hit his second home run of the College World Series with a two-run shot to the right field bullpen.
Arizona added on in the bottom of the third. Trent Gilbert reached on an error to the shortstop to start the inning and Rickard advanced him to second with a single past the third baseman. After Field botched a bunt attempt, Alex Mejia blasted a single into left field that scored Gilbert, making the score 3-0.
The Wildcats continued adding on in the bottom of the fifth. Field walked with one out in the inning and moved to third on a wild pitch and error. Refsnyder was also walked with two outs in the inning and Seth Mejias-Brean looped a single into right field that gave Arizona a 4-0 lead.
Refsnyder, a 5th round pick of the New York Yankees, seemed to do it all for the Wildcats as he also scored in the bottom of the 7th, giving the UA a 5-1 lead.
The Gamecocks pitched reliever Forrest Koumas. He was the game one starter a year ago, but had more success in that game as South Carolina won. This year, Koumas gave up three runs on four hits. He took the loss for the Gamecocks, dropping his record to 2-3 on the season.
Arizona will look to take the series and the National Championship on Monday night. The Wildcats will send Kurt Heyer or James Farris to the mound, looking to build off the momentum that Wade built in Sunday’s game. South Carolina ace Michael Roth will take the mound, trying to even the series and set up a winner take all game three.