June 28, 2012 09:50
A Korean who was adopted by American parents when he was just three months old has achieved his dream of becoming a star in college baseball.
Rob Refsnyder, who plays for the University of Arizona and was drafted by the New York Yankees last month, was named the 2012 College World Series Most Outstanding Player by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Tuesday.
Arizona won its fourth College World Series title by beating the University of South Carolina 5-1 in the opening game and winning by a similar margin of 4-1 in their second match.
Refsnyder had two hits in three at-bats, including the game-winning two-run homer, in the first game. In game two, when the score was tied at 1-1 at the top of the ninth, Refsnyder advanced to first base as the first hitter before scoring the title-winning run.
Born in Seoul, Refsnyder was adopted by a couple in Laguna Hills, California, while still a toddler. His sister Elizabeth, who is just one year older than him, was also adopted from Korea. They hope to find their respective biological parents by visiting their ancestral homeland together someday.
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