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South Carolina Trips Arkansas to Reach CWS Finals

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Here they come again.

The South Carolina Gamecocks, two time defending national champions, are headed once again to the College World Series finals.

The Gamecocks (49-18) spotted Arkansas a 2-0 lead, but came back to trip the Razorbacks 3-2 to advance to the championship series.

Tyler Webb and Matt Price combined for seven innings of shutout relief, allowing the Gamecocks to piece together enough runs to win the game.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Carolina tied the game against Arkansas ace D. J. Baxendale with a bases loaded walk, one of five walks given up by Baxendale and nine walks issued by Arkansas’ pitching.

Reliever Barrett Astin issued another bases loaded walk, this one to Adam Matthews, to force in what proved to be the winning run.

Price pitched three shutout innings to pick up the win, striking out five.

The Gamecocks will face Arizona in a best of three series to decide baseball’s national champion.  The series begins Sunday night at Omaha with first pitch scheduled for 7pm.

 

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