Arkansas and Arizona are going to ride the winner's bracket to the championship series of the 2012 College World Series.
Neither of these teams were favorites heading into this event. In fact, they weren't even considered the strongest team from their division. However, they have changed those perceptions. Both of these teams sit at 2-0 and are in great shape to roll into the championship.
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The Wildcats caught fire at the right time, and they have been on a remarkable postseason run. This team hit .333 during the regular season. They hit .420 in their postseason run leading up to their trip to Omaha, and while at Omaha they have scored four runs in each of their two games against the tough pitching of Florida State and UCLA.
It is those same Florida State and UCLA teams who are battling it out for the right to face Arizona, with the winner advancing to the finals.
Neither of them will be able to beat the Wildcats, at least not twice, which they would have to do coming out of the loser's bracket.
Arizona is too fundamentally sound and has too much pitching to lose back-to-back games to teams they just beat.
Arkansas has received little attention all year, but that is what happens when you are the fourth best team in your conference.
The Razorbacks plodded along as Florida, LSU and South Carolina stole all the SEC headlines. That has changed now.
Arkansas destroyed Kent State 8-1 in the opener, and that left them with a match against their conference rivals South Carolina.
They took them down 2-1 and now it is Arkansas who is in the driver's seat. They now get to sit back and watch while South Carolina dukes it out with Kent State in the loser's bracket. Most importantly, their pitcher's get to sit back and watch.
Arkansas will be fresher, and this team is on a roll. They will not be denied a trip to the finals.
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