Arizona vs. South Carolina Game 1: Score, Highlights and Analysis

Jim Sullivan@jsully711Featured ColumnistJune 24, 2012

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 27:  The Florida Gators at bat against the South Carolina Gamecocks during game 1 of the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 27, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Final: Arizona 5 South Carolina 1 

 

The initial matchup between the final two standing at the College World Series features an offensive stronghold in Arizona (46-17) and a pitching power in South Carolina (49-18). The best-of-three series will take place at TD Ameritrade Park stadium in Omaha, Nebraska over the course of the next three days, starting today at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The Wildcats return to the CWS title series for the first time since their 1986 championship, while head coach Andy Lopez will be searching for his second career title after leading Pepperdine to one in 1992. The Arizona program will be looking for a fourth overall championship.

The Gamecocks, however, are set up to finish a three-peat following their claim over the 2010 and 2011 titles. An unlikely return to the title this season has longtime head coach Ray Tanner and the South Carolina program looking to secure their third overall championship.

At this stage in the tournament, it will come down to every pitch and every at bat. Each squad has the potential to bring home the CWS Title, making this matchup all the more intriguing.