Published Monday, June 25, 2012 AT 10:47 PM / Updated at 10:51 PM
Arizona’s Refsnyder earns MVP honor
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Hard to argue that anyone had more key contributions that Arizona’s Robert Refsnyder over the past 11 days. So as expected, the junior outfielder was named the College World Series’ most outstanding player after his Wildcats clinched the title Monday night.

Refsnyder led off the decisive ninth inning with a single before scoring the go-ahead run in the 4-1 victory over South Carolina. On Sunday, he hit a two-run homer and had a critical assist defensively in a winning effort.

In six games of CWS action, he finished 10-for-21 (.476), scoring six times and driving in five runs. Refsnyder, a fifth-round MLB draft pick by the Yankees, also stole two bases. He even had a sacrifice bunt.

The 2012 CWS all-tournament team is below…

C — Riley Moore, Arizona
1B — Christian Walker, South Carolina
2B — Devon Travis, Florida State
3B — Sherman Johnson, Florida State
SS — Alex Mejia, Arizona
OF — Evan Marzilli, South Carolina
OF — Joey Rickard, Arizona
OF — Robert Refsnyder, Arizona
DH — Bobby Brown, Arizona
P — Michael Roth, South Carolina
P — Konner Wade, Arizona

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