College World Series: Razorbacks Looking To End Gamecocks' 22-Game NCAA Streak

by Staff  on Monday, Jun. 18, 2012 9:49 am  

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South Carolina continues to add to its postseason resume. Not only have the Gamecocks won two consecutive College World Series titles, they haven’t lost in their previous 22 NCAA Tournament games.

Arkansas is next on the list of opponents trying to end South Carolina’s impressive run. That’s just part of the motivation for the Razorbacks (45-20) when the two meet tonight.

A win tonight would give the team its first 2-0 start in the College World Series since 1979. That year the program finished second, its best showing in the postseason.

Matching that bit of school history will require ending one of the most impressive postseason streaks in college sports. It might seem like a daunting task for the Razorbacks, but their efforts against South Carolina (46-17) in the regular season are promising.

While Arkansas only went 1-2 in a series against the two time defending national champions, it was one of the better hitting performances of the regular season. South Carolina surrendered 39 hits and 20 runs in three games, a source of optimism for the Razorbacks at the time.

Things went south in the opener after the Razorbacks grabbed a 6-0 lead. South Carolina eventually won 8-6, taking advantage as Ryne Stanek struggled with what Coach Dave Van Horn said was an undisclosed back issue.

Stanek (7-4, 2.96 earned run average), now healthy, will be back on the mound against South Carolina. He’ll pitch opposite South Carolina right hander Colby Holmes (7-1, 2.80 ERA). Holmes did not face Arkansas in the regular season while dealing with injuries of his own.

South Carolina advanced with a 7-3 victory against Florida. Falling behind 2-0 in that game did little to rattle the Gamecocks, who are used to postseason pressure by now.

Arkansas had an easy time in its opener against Kent State, winning 8-1. It was the Razorbacks’ best offensive performance in a month and the team produced despite its most reliable hitters — Matt Reynolds and Dominic Ficociello — getting hits.



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