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College World Series 2012 Bracket: How Arizona and South Carolina Got to Finals

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Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIJune 23, 2012

Arizona and South Carolina will face off in the championship series in Omaha, and each team has been impressive at the College World Series thus far.

The full schedule and results for the postseason can be found at ESPN.com.

Arizona has a 46-17 overall record and finished Pac-12 play at 20-10.

South Carolina is the two-time defending national champion and comes into the finals with a 49-18 overall record. The Gamecocks went 18-11 in the SEC.

Here is how each team has performed at the College World Series thus far.

 

Arizona Wildcats

Record: 3-0

Game 1: Arizona 4, Florida State 3 (12 innings) 

Game 2: Arizona 4, UCLA 0

Game 3: Arizona 10, Florida State 3

The Wildcats took the most direct path possible to the championship series. 

They opened up play with a thrilling 12-inning victory over Florida State. The Wildcats took a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning, but the Seminoles tied it up in the sixth. The pitchers then took over the game until Johnny Field delivered a clutch hit to bring in the game-winning run. 

The Wildcats took the momentum from their exciting win and put Pac-12 rival UCLA one loss away from elimination with a 4-0 victory. Pitcher Konner Wade got redemption in this game after giving up 10 hits and six runs to the Bruins in just three innings during a regular season game.

This time around, Wade posted a complete-game shutout.

The Wildcats were one win away from playing for a title when they faced FSU again, and they wasted no time in putting the game away. The team scored six runs in the first inning and cruised to a 10-3 victory and a place in the championship series. 

 

South Carolina

Record: 4-1

Game 1: South Carolina 7, Florida 3

Game 2: Arkansas 2, South Carolina 1

Game 3: South Carolina 4, Kent St. 1 

Game 4: South Carolina 2, Arkansas 0

Game 5: South Carolina 3, Arkansas 2

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The Gamecocks had to battle through three tough games against SEC foe Arkansas, but they prevailed and have a chance to win their third consecutive national title.

South Carolina showed the swagger of a two-time champion in a convincing victory over No. 1 seeded Florida. The Gamecocks broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning and never looked back.

But Arkansas put a wrench in the tires of USC’s drive to the title. The Razorbacks ended South Carolina’s 22-game unbeaten streak in the College World Series and put them on the brink of elimination.

South Carolina then went on a run that showed the team's poise and determination. After a one-day delay due to weather, the Gamecocks quickly dispatched upstart Kent St. in a 4-1 win.

This put the team in the position of having to beat Arkansas twice to reach the finals. Jordan Montgomery started them off on the right foot with a masterful eight-inning performance in which he shout out the Razorbacks and allowed just three hits.

The next game was win or go home for both teams, and it took every ounce of savvy and experience from the Gamecocks to pull out a win. 

Ultimately, it was a mistake that doomed the Razorbacks. The pesky South Carolina hitters loaded the bases on Arkansas’ Colby Suggs in the seventh, and the pitcher walked in the winning run. Two innings later, the Gamecocks were in the finals.

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