The Arizona Wildcats will make short work of South Carolina in the College World Series final. The games should be competitive and will feature the two best teams in the college ranks. Here's a rundown for each game:
When: Sunday, June 24, 2012
TV Information: ESPN2
The game looks like it will be the closest of any. Konner Wade of Arizona and Forrest Koumas of South Carolina look to be the matchup for the first game of the series as they are their teams' aces. The Gamecocks should be able to compete in this pitchers' duel, but don't expect them to win the game. The Wildcats have great a great offense and will be able to take on the ace of the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks offense won't be able to get the kind of production they would like against the talented Wade, and the bullpen in Arizona has been underrated all year. The Wildcats should win this one in a close one and take the 1-0 advantage early on.
When: Monday, June 25, 2012
TV Information: ESPN
There should be another good pitching matchup featuring Colby Holmes for the Gamecocks and Kurt Heyer for the Wildcats. Heyer is Arizona's best pitcher, and this could be his last game for them after getting taken in the sixth round by the Cardinals. Heyer should be able to silence the Gamecocks' bats again in an easy win.
The Wildcats match up well against Holmes and should be able to dominate him early to force a quick change to the bullpen. After the early lead and forcing a new pitcher to come in, the Wildcats offense will settle down, but it should still be a big victory for them to stop the Gamecocks from winning their third championship in three years.
Game 3, if necessary
When: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
TV Information: On ESPN
This game likely will not even be played. The Wildcats should be able to win in just two games. However, if the Wildcats do lose one game to the Gamecocks, expect this one to be played like a national championship football game. Both teams will leave everything they have on the field. But the final score should be something like 3-1 Wildcats.
The Wildcats' hitting will be too much for the Gamecocks and will be the main reason why they win in this series. They just match up well with anyone that South Carolina can put forth against them, including Roth, but as the series goes on, the Carolina pitching depth will get tested against superior competition.