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College World Series 2012 Finals: South Carolina Offense Thwarted by Arizona

Published by on June 26, 2012

South Carolina failed to win their third straight College World Series title because of their offensive shortcomings. Arizona's pitching was dominant, and the Gamecock bats couldn't find any sort of rhythm in two games.

Game 1 ended 5-1. Game 2 ended 4-1. In two games, Ray Tanner's squad mustered nine hits and two runs. That wouldn't be enough to beat most teams, but it makes any effort against Arizona's stellar starting pitching completely futile.

Arizona manager Andy Lopez is known for the long innings his starting pitchers throw. If they start the game well, there's a good chance you will see them for at least seven innings. He doesn't overuse his arms, but he gets every ounce out of them.

The Gamecocks' pitching wasn't bad itself. Michael Roth had a solid performance in Game 2, but the bullpen couldn't close the game.

It was the opposite in Game 1. South Carolina gave up five runs before the sixth inning. By then, it was too late to recover, and they lost the game.

Their offense was never able to seize any sort of momentum.

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