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Arizona vs. South Carolina: Andy Lopez’s Genius Leads to Sweep of Gamecocks

Published by on June 26, 2012

Arizona won the College World Series, but they couldn't have done it without manager Andy Lopez.

During the entire tournament Lopez pulled strings like a master puppeteer, but it was never as clear as it was during the final series against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Wildcats seemed at a disadvantage to the two-time defending champions, especially in terms of experience. However, Lopez had his guys playing like veterans throughout the entire tournament.

While the play of Robert Refsnyder, James Farris and Konner Wade cannot be overstated, I give much of the credit to a poised manager who knew how to handle his guys.

In Game 1 Lopez threw out Wade, trusting him to bring the Wildcats a victory. The Gamecocks hadn't dropped a game against UCLA or Florida in the best-of-three finals in the past two years, but Lopez had the confidence that Wade could secure a victory.

And he did.

Wade pitched a complete game, allowing just one run, and th...

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