Arizona Sweeps South Carolina To Win College World Series

The Arizona Wildcats were perfect in the College World Series, capping it by downing South Carolina on Monday night to take the title.

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2012 College World Series: South Carolina Advances To Finals

The South Carolina Gamecocks advanced to the championship series of the 2012 College World Series with a 3-2 win over Arkansas Friday night.

South Carolina lost to Arkansas earlier in the College World Series and needed two straight wins to advance. It was the Gamecocks' third win in two days. Gamecocks shortstop Joey Pankake led the way offensively with two hits and an RBI. Matt Price pitched the final three innings for South Carolina, striking out five batters while only allowing one hit.

Arkansas' Matt Reynolds drove in both runs for the Razorbacks. All three College World Series games between the Gamecocks and Razorbacks were low scoring with a combined 10 runs in the three games.

South Carolina advances to the championship series where they will face Arizona. They are looking to win their third straight national championship.

For more, visit our 2012 College World Series StoryStream. For more on South Carolina, visit Garnet and Black Attack. For more on the Arkansas Razorbacks, visit Arkansas Expats.

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College World Series 2012: Final Spot In The Championship Series On The Line Friday

Arizona punched their ticket to the championship series of the 2012 College World Series Thursday, but one spot remains. That spot will be claimed Friday when South Carolina and Arkansas meet in an elimination game.

The Gamecocks and Razorbacks will meet at 9 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN. South Carolina forced Friday's elimination game with their 2-0 win against Arkansas Thursday night. Friday's game will be the third time the two teams have met during the College World Series. Arkansas won the first meeting 2-1.

If the previous two meetings are any indication, Friday's elimination game should be a pitchers duel. The teams have combined for 21 hits and five runs over the first two games.

For more, visit our 2012 College World Series StoryStream. For more on South Carolina, visit Garnet and Black Attack. For more on the Arkansas Razorbacks, visit Arkansas Expats.

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College World Series 2012: Kent St., South Carolina Battle For Survival In Omaha

The 2012 College World continues on Wednesday evening with another elimination game. This one pits the upstart Kent St. Golden Flashes against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Golden Flashes, a No. 3 regional seed, eliminated the No. 1 national seed Florida Gators in a tense 5-4 victory on Monday. South Carolina, meanwhile, had its 22-game postseason winning streak and its 12 straight victories in Omaha snapped in a 2-1 loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks.

South Carolina has won the last two College World Series titles and is looking for an unprecedented third straight title in the Field of 64 era. Should South Carolina win, they will have a rematch with Arkansas on Thursday.

On Tuesday night, Bracket 1's final pairing was settled. The Florida St. Seminoles defeated the UCLA Bruins, 4-1, to advance to a Thursday game against the Arizona Wildcats. The Seminoles will look to avenge the 4-3 12-inning loss they had against Arizona to open Omaha.

Here is a look at how the rest of the schedule shapes up:

Bracket 1
Game 11: Arizona vs. Florida St., Thursday, June 21, 5:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Game 13 (if necessary): Arizona vs. Florida St., Friday, June 22, 5:00 p.m., ESPN2

Bracket 2
Game 10: South Carolina vs. Kent St., Wednesday, June 20, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 12: Arkansas vs. Winner of Game 10, Thursday, June 21, 9:00 p.m ET, ESPN2
Game 14 (if necessary): Arkansas vs. Winner of Game 10, Friday, June 22, 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

Championship Series (Best-of-Three)
Game 1: Bracket 1 Winner vs. Bracket 2 Winner, Sunday, June 24, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2: Bracket 1 Winner vs. Bracket 2 Winner, Monday, June 25, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 3 (if necessary): Bracket 1 Winner vs. Bracket 2 Winner, Tuesday, June 26, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

For more, visit our 2012 College World Series StoryStream. For more on Wednesday's game, visit South Carolina blog Garnet and Black Attack and MAC blog Hustle Belt.

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College World Series 2012: Florida St. Eliminates UCLA With 4-1 Victory

The UCLA Bruins won't be celebrating in Omaha after a 4-1 loss to the Florida St. Seminoles on Tuesday night. The defeat was their second in the College World Series, eliminating them from the postseason.

Florida St. opened up a 2-0 lead after the first inning as a result of UCLA starter Zack Weiss having issues with the strike zone. He loaded the bases on two walks and a single. He then walked catcher Stephen McGee to score the first run of the game. He left the game with one out recorded and three potential runs that could still be charged to him.

Grant Watson replaced Weiss on the mound and immediately walked in the second run of the game. Right fielder Josh Delph ended the inning, grounding into a double play. The Seminoles went on to add two more runs in the fourth inning after Jayce Boyd put down a bunt that led to a run scoring on the initial play and another on the ensuing throwing error that concluded the event.

UCLA threatened in the top of the sixth inning when Florida St. starter Scott Sitz loaded the bases and allowed a Cody Keefer RBI single up the middle. With the bases still loaded and no outs recorded, Sitz came on strong with three consecutive strikeouts, starting with the Bruins' top hitter, right fielder Jeff Gelalich. Sitz threw 6.2 innings, allowed one run and struck out eight.

Florida St. will play the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday, a team they lost to in their College World Series opener, 4-3. A loss for the Seminoles ends their trip to Omaha, while a victory sends them to a true elimination game on Friday against Arizona, a team that is undefeated in this double-elimination tournament.

For more on UCLA, visit Bruins Nation and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on Florida State, head to Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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2012 College World Series Bracket: UCLA, Florida State Square Off Tuesday

One side of the 2012 College World Series bracket lost the nation's top team on Tuesday. The other side could lose the Sunshine State's other team in Omaha on Wednesday.

Kent State eliminated national No. 1 Florida on Monday in a dramatic 5-4 victory. For their trouble, the Golden Flashes will play South Carolina, which had its 22-game postseason and 12-game College World Series winning streaks snapped by Arkansas, on Wednesday.

The top half of the bracket will eliminate either Florida State or UCLA on Tuesday. The Seminoles and Bruins meet in an elimination game at 8 p.m. Eastern. The winner of that game will meet Arizona on Thursday.

Here's the full 2012 College World Series bracket as it currently stands.

Top Bracket

UCLA (1-1) vs. Florida State (1-1), 8 p.m. Tuesday, ESPN

Arizona (2-0) vs. UCLA/Florida State, 5 p.m. Thursday, ESPN2

Bottom Bracket

South Carolina (1-1) vs. Kent State (1-1), 8 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN

Arkansas (2-0) vs. UCLA/Florida State, 9 p.m. Thursday, ESPN2

For more on UCLA, visit Bruins Nation and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on Florida State, head to Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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College World Series 2012: Arkansas Ends South Carolina's Winning Streak

South Carolina's streak is dead. Thanks to Arkansas, the Gamecocks will have to come up with another one to prevail at the 2012 College World Series.

The Razorbacks used good pitching to back up timely hitting in a 2-1 victory on Tuesday that snapped winning streaks of 12 games at the College World Series and 22 in NCAA Tournament play for South Carolina, which had not lost in either event since dropping its first game in Omaha in 2010.

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Starter Ryne Stanek allowed one run on three hits in six innings, and reliever Barrett Astin slammed the door with three innings of scoreless one-hit ball to give the Razorbacks the victory. Dominic Ficocello and Matt Vinson each had an RBI for Arkansas.

South Carolina got a run from an RBI triple by Evan Marzilli in the fifth inning, but never held the lead, and could not crack the Arkansas hurlers despite Tyler Webb's 5.1 innings of scoreless ball.

Arkansas will await the winner of a South Carolina-Kent State elimination game on Wednesday.

For more on Arkansas, visit Arkansas Expats. For more on South Carolina, head to Garnet and Black Attack. For more on both teams, visit Team Speed Kills.

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2012 College World Series: Cinderella Kent State Eliminates No. 1 Florida

Florida's baseball team roared into the 2012 College World Series on a roll and with the nation's No. 1 ranking. In a 5-4 loss to Kent State on Monday, though, that Goliath was felled by a David with no previous College World Series wins.

The Golden Flashes scratched out a 5-1 lead, getting their first four runs unearned thanks to Florida errors in the first and second inning, and held on against a Gators offense that could never quite get the big hit. Starter Ryan Bores allowed two runs on six hits in six innings for Kent State, which got its fifth one-run victory of the NCAA Tournament.

Florida starter Hudson Randall lasted just one inning before succumbing to heat-related exhaustion, and spot reliever Jonathon Crawford allowed the rest of Kent State's four runs to score in the next three innings. The Gators scrapped back, scoring runs in the sixth and seventh innings to close to within one, but could not push a run across in the ninth inning despite 11 straight balls by Kent State pitchers and a two-on, no-outs situation for first round draft pick Brian Johnson that became a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Cody Dent.

Kent State moves on to an elimination game against the loser of Monday night's South Carolina-Arkansas clash. Florida runs a string of consecutive losses in Omaha to four.

For more on Kent State, head to MAC blog Hustle Belt. For more on Florida, visit Alligator Army and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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2012 College World Series: South Carolina Tops Sloppy Florida, 7-3

Florida came into the 2012 College World Series looking like the nation's top team, holding the country's top ranking, and possessing the NCAA Tournament's top overall seed. Unfortunately for the Gators, South Carolina is still the top team in Omaha, and the Gamecocks got their 12th straight College World Series victory in a 7-3 triumph over Florida.

South Carolina ace Michael Roth had his worst outing ever in Omaha and gave up just three earned runs in 6.1 innings of work, two of them on a double that eluded Tanner English in left field. And the Gamecocks broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning, touching up Florida starter Brian Johnson for all of those runs.

Florida got a run back in the bottom of the fifth, but could do no more, and South Carolina would add two runs in the top of the ninth on a wild pitch and an error; two of the Gators' three errors on the night came in that frame.

South Carolina moves on to play Arkansas in a matchup of winners on Monday. Florida will meet Kent State in an elimination game.

For more on the Gamecocks, visit Garnet and Black Attack. For more on the Gators, visit Alligator Army and SB Nation Tampa Bay. And for more on the SEC, head to Team Speed Kills.

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