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.
Live Stream: ESPN3
What They're Saying
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.
Matchup to watch: South Carolina's pitching staff vs. Arizona's dynamic lineup
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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