Over the course of the season, the Gamecocks led the entire country in fielding percentage (.980). Basically, that statistic shows one thing to the Wildcats: Not much gets by South Carolina.
The Wildcats, on the other hand, rank much lower nationally, with a field percentage of only .969. Their defense, while staunch, relies much more on top-notch pitching than error-free fielding.
Keep an eye out for this possibly to be a factor late in games when players are tired and slow to respond to hits.
South Carolina snares the edge by a long shot.
While the Gamecocks are riding a three-game win streak, including two elimination victories over conference foe Arkansas, it is the Wildcats' perfect postseason that should be of note here.
Arizona went 3-0 in its regional and 2-0 against St. John's in the Tucson Super Regional and has gone 3-0 so far in Omaha.
South Carolina was rolling on a 22-game postseason win streak until its loss to Arkansas in the second matchup of the CWS, snapping the impressive record.
Overall, Arizona will be looking to sweep USC in an attempt to keep the momentum alive.
Quite possibly, it could be a deciding factor early in the series, particularly during the beginning of the first matchup.
If there is one team that can say, "We've been here before," in this CWS title series, it would most certainly be South Carolina.
The two-time defending champs know exactly the kind of focus and intensity required for championship victories, especially over over-eager and emotional squads like Arizona.
The Wildcats haven't been to a CWS since 2004, making every player on their roster a newbie to Omaha. They will have to rely on youth and big-time energy to pull out wins against a team that knows how not to lose in the College World Series.
This factor is particularly interesting, though, for it could go both ways.
Arizona is based strongly on emotion, riding waves of momentum during games to achieve victory.
South Carolina, on the other hand, is deadly and precise.
It depends mostly on whether or not Arizona can surge out quickly against a Gamecock squad which doesn't make mistakes often.
Although the College World Series Championship will always be pressure filled, just like any other title series or matchup, this one is beyond different.
South Carolina, the two-time defending champion, is looking to grab its third title in three years, essentially establishing a dynasty and giving the program a three-peat.
The intense pressure from the desire to pull this sports feat will prove to be tremendous over the course of the series.
Some players perform well under the spotlight, while many others don't.
The Gamecocks will have to be wary of the implications of this CWS, in comparison to those of the last two, especially against an Arizona squad that has nothing to lose.