June 18, 2012
Arkansas 2, #8 South Carolina 1
CWS Game 8
Arkansas joins Arizona at 2-0
By Phil Stanton
Arkansas and South Carolina have played four
times this season, with both winning twice. The Gamecocks won
two out of three in Fayetteville.
Arkansas and Arizona are both 2-0 in the CWS. It
is the first time since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams
in 1999 that neither 2-0 team is a national seed.
The Razorbacks have won their first two CWS games
for the second time and the first since 1979, when Arkansas
defeated Pepperdine, Arizona and Texas before falling to
eventual national champion Cal State Fullerton twice in
finishing as national runner-up.
Arkansas has allowed 14 earned runs in 72 innings
during the NCAA tourney. The Razorbacks have surrendered two
runs over the past 32.1 innings. Arkansas has held its opponents
to one run or less in five NCAA tourney games.
The Razorbacks have held both of their first two
CWS opponents to one run or less. Only two other teams have done
that since 1976: Pepperdine in 1992 (6-0 over Wichita State, 7-0
over Texas) and Texas in 2005 (5-1 over Baylor, 5-0 over
Ryne Stanek of Arkansas has allowed one run or
less in 10 of his 17 starts. His ERA in the 2012 NCAA Tournament
is 1.59 (three runs in 17 innings).
Barrett Astin of the Razorbacks has not allowed
an earned run in his past 10 innings. His last earned run was
against Auburn on May 12.
South Carolina is 27-2 over the past three years
in the NCAA tourney, the best three-year record in history
(teams had to appear in at least two of three years to qualify).
The Gamecocks have an ERA of 1.77 in the 2012
NCAA Tournament (13 earned runs in 66 innings).