2012 College World Series: Arizona, South Carolina Nearly Score, Still Tied At 1 Through 8 Innings

Through eight in Omaha, Arizona and South Carolina are knotted with Arizona needing a run to win the College World Series and South Carolina needing a run to stay alive for a potential Game 3.

A base knock by Trent Gilbert to start the eighth off of Matt Price came to nothing, even after an error on a routine ground ball to the left side of the infield advanced Gilbert to third, as Price retired the side without allowing a run to score.

In the bottom, James Farris plunked the first batter, Grayson Greiner, and Arizona manager Ray Tanner, knowing how important a run was, had Chase Vergason try to bunt him to second. But a phenomenal play by Seth Mejias-Brean to charge and whip the ball to second nailed the lead runner. But the aggressive fielding didn't pay off, as an opportunity for a strike-em-out, throw-em-out opportunity saw the throw sail into center field and put Vergason 90 feet from home. That chased Farris -- who had only allowed two hits on the evening -- in a rare dip into the bullpen for Arizona skipper Andy Lopez. Matthew Troupe got South Carolina's Joey Pankake looking on a full-count pitch on the corner to send the game scoreless into the ninth.

For more, visit our 2012 College World Series StoryStream. For more on South Carolina, visit Garnet and Black Attack. For Arizona Wildcats coverage, visit Arizona Desert Swarm.

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