College World Series 2012: Florida Will Spoil South Carolina's Title Defense

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJune 16, 2012

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 27:  Catcher Robert Beary #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks makes the out against Mike Zunino #3 of the Florida Gators in the 9th inning during game 1 of the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 27, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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If there's a team that can derail South Carolina's attempt at a third straight College World Series championship, it's Florida.

The Gators are a balanced team led by an impressive lineup and one of the better bullpens in the SEC. Star catcher Mike Zunino is one of the most impressive hitters in the nation and it will be interesting to see how the Gamecocks pitch to him.

He can hit for power or just get on base. In the final game of the super regionals against North Carolina State, Zunino was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

He's not the only talented hitter in the Florida lineup, however. Brian Johnson and Daniel Pigott are also capable of carrying the team offensively.

South Carolina has the experience factor in their advantage over Florida, but the amount of talent on both sides is pretty similar.

Unless the Gamecocks can pitch lights out, they will be upset in the tournament because of the Gators lineup, which is able to score lots of runs in bunches.

Expect Florida to build leads with their strong hitting and hold them with a talented bullpen that has several arms capable of getting the best hitters out in clutch situations.

The Gators will defeat the Gamecocks on Saturday and continue their march toward an amazing College World Series title.

This Florida team is ready to take the next step and become champions, and they will pass their biggest test yet against South Carolina.


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