June 21, 2012
#8 South Carolina 2, Arkansas 0
CWS Game 12
South Carolina wins twice in
one day in Omaha
By Phil Stanton
South Carolina is the third team to win two
College World Series games in one day and the first in 60 years.
Tennessee won twice on June 16, 1951, and Holy Cross picked up
two wins on June 15, 1952.
The Gamecocks are the first team in 25 years to
play twice in one day. Georgia completed a suspended game
against Stanford on May 31, 1987, and played a full dame against
Arkansas. The last time a team played two complete games in the
same day was in 1980. Michigan played Miami (Fla.) and Arizona
on June 2, 1980. California faced Michigan and Clemson on June
South Carolina has won six straight elimination
games in the College World Series, dating back to 2010.
The Razorbacks lead the all-time series with the
Gamecocks 32-27. This was the third CWS meeting between Arkansas
and South Carolina. The Razorbacks won the previous two
meetings, 2-1 on June 18, 2012, and 1-0 in 14 innings on May 31,
1985. South Carolina owns a 3-2 advantage this season against
Through the first 12 games of this year’s CWS,
starting pitchers on winning teams have averaged 7.11 innings,
while starters on losing teams have averaged 3.14 innings.
Arkansas pitchers have posted an ERA of 1.80 in
the NCAA tourney (16 earned runs in 80 innings). In the CWS, the
Razorbacks have surrendered four runs in 27 innings (1.33 ERA).
The Arkansas bullpen has a scoreless streak of 23.2 innings.
Christian Walker of South Carolina has 25 career
hits in the CWS. It is the second-highest total, trailing 28 by
Dustin Ackley of North Carolina (2007-09). Walker has 245 career
hits, tied for 10th in South Carolina history.
There were two great atypical double plays. In
the top of the seventh, Grayson Greiner drew a leadoff walk for
the Gamecocks. Chase Vergason bunted directly in front of the
plate. Catcher Jake Wise made a bare-handed grab and started a
2-6-3 twin-killing. In the bottom of the eighth, Brian Anderson
received a leadoff walk for the Razorbacks. Bo Bigham sent a
shot down the first-base line. Walker made a diving stop, tagged
first base and threw to second in time to nail a sliding