Moore catches College World Series win with ‘Cats

NeurotopiaWhen Arizona denied South Carolina its third straight College World Series title on Monday 8-1, Santa Barbara native Riley Moore won a national championship as a true freshman at Arizona.

Moore was the Wildcats’ starting backstop in both games as the pitching staff finished with a 1.00 ERA over 18 innings.

The switch hitter went 3-for-7 in the CWS, including a 3-for-4 night in Sunday’s 5-1 victory [BOX SCORE]. Moore finished his season with a .301 batting average, collecting 66 hits in 219 at bats and totaling 38 RBIs in 64 games, 62 of which were starts.

Moore graduated from San Marcos last June as a two-time Channel League First Team selection. He was then drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 21st round but opted to play at Arizona.

In Monday’s game [VIEW PHOTO GALLERY], Riley contributed to Arizona’s first run when he sacrificed Joseph Maggi to third after a Maggi double. Maggi came around to score on a grounder – and one of three RBIs – from Trent Gilbert.

Arizona’s championship season ends with a 48-17 record. South Carolina falls just short of three consecutive national titles with a record of 49-20.

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