College World Series Finals 2012 Schedule: Game 1 Winner Will Determine Champion

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIJune 23, 2012

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28:  The South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with the trophy after winning the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 28, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Gamecocks defeated the Florida Gators 5-2 and won the series 2-0.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Winning Game 1 of a three-game series is of the utmost importance in a College World Series final. There are some who can battle back to win the series, but the advantage a team receives from being up 1-0 is extraordinary.

We will see it firsthand in the 2012 College World Series finals.

Here are three reasons why Game 1 will determine this year's champion. 

 

Confidence

You would have two cracks at winning the World Series if you win Game 1. Two cracks for one game? I'll take those odds every time.

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28:  (L-R) Brady Thomas #36, Michael Roth #29 and Scott Wingo #8 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with the trophy after winning the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 28, 2011 in Oma
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South Carolina knows exactly what I'm talking about. They won Game 1 in 2011 and 2010 and they went on to win Game 2 decisively.

Winning Game 1 means everything in a three-game series. It starts with giving the winner great confidence going forward.  

 

Leverage

A Game 1 victory for South Carolina or Arizona will give added leverage in Game 2. It could bring the batters, base runners and pitchers more confidence of going at it instead of allowing the opposition to dictate the tempo.

Photo credit: The Washington Post
Photo credit: The Washington Post

Throwing more first-pitch strikes, performing hit-and-runs and being aggressive on 2-0 counts are all examples of what I'm referring to.

The loser of Game 1 will feel more tight, whereas the winner will feel a little less pressure. 

In two-straight years, South Carolina won the first game of the World Series finals. It allowed the leverage which then, in turn, allowed South Carolina to cruise in Game 2.

 

Pressure

Winning Game 1 puts all the pressure on the losing team. Any type of elimination game brings pressure to the maximum level. Any mistake could cost teams a chance of winning the national championship.

That's why winning Game 1 is so important.

The winner of Game 1 will win this series.

 

College World Series Schedule

Game 1: Sunday, June 24th, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: Monday, June 25th, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 3: Tuesday, June 26th, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN (if necessary)