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Arizona vs. South Carolina: Game 1 Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info and More

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28:  (L-R) Brady Thomas #36 and Scott Wingo #8 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with the team while holding 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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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJune 24, 2012

South Carolina will be looking to become the first back-to-back-to-back winner of the College World Series in nearly 40 years when they face off against the surging Arizona Wildcats. 

It will be a three-game series to decide the champion.

Are you ready?

Here is everything you need to know to get you ready for Game 1 of the 2012 College World Series Finals.   

 

When: Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

Watch: ESPN2

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

What They're Saying

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 head coach Ray Tanner took a look at the stat sheet of Arizona and realized that there are no easy outs in the lineup, according to Jack Carey of USA TODAY. 

"There are no easy outs in that lineup," Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner said after looking over a Wildcats stat sheet. "I started going through the (lineup), and didn't get much sleep after that."

Arizona head coach Andy Lopez said that his team will be focusing on playing good baseball because that's what ultimately wins games, according to Carey.

"These young guys are going to go out and hopefully execute good baseball. And if you play good baseball, you usually end up with good results," said Lopez. "That's what we'll continue to talk about, and that's what we've talked about since the day we got here."

 

Matchup to watch: South Carolina's pitching staff vs. Arizona's dynamic lineup

Photo credit: USA TODAY
Photo credit: USA TODAY

South Carolina has won the College World Series two years in a row and both times they won Game 1. Winning that Game 1 is of the utmost importance in a three-game series and there is no room for error, especially on the mound.

Arizona's bats have been on fire this season. Johnny Field, Alex Mejia, Seth Mejias-Brean, Robert Refsnyder and Bobby Brown are hitting at least .353. Each player is a legitimate threat when they step to the plate.

South Carolina will need to neutralize them as much as possible especially in the early innings. If they are taken back by the Wildcats' bats, they will be in trouble.

 

Prediction: Arizona wins in three games

Arizona has the ability to knock the ball around the ballpark. But they also know how to win tight games—they won 28 one-run games this year. 

Winning three-straight titles at the College World Series is highly unlikely seeing how it hasn't been done in nearly 40 years. This will be a series where you don't see the Gamecocks receive some of those breaks they saw in the past two years.

Arizona will beat the ball around in Game 1 and they will win a one-run game in Game 2 or Game 3 to seal the deal.  

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