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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who do you think wins Game 1?
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)