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2012 College World Series: Arizona Wins Title Following 4-1 Victory Against South Carolina

The Arizona Wildcats won their fourth College World Series title -- first since 1986 -- with a 4-1 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Wildcats won Game 1 on Sunday in this best-of-three series by a score of five to one.

This game was a 1-1 pitcher's duel up until the top of the ninth inning. Matt Price, who has been pitching since he relieved Michael Roth in the seventh inning, allowed a leadoff single to outfielder Robert Refsnyder. Price then induced an out on a Seth Mejias-Brean grounder, but Refsnyder advanced to second base. After Bobby Brown intentionally walked, Brandon Dixon doubled down the left field line -- barely -- to score Refsnyder, breaking the 1-1 tie.

Tyler Webb relieved price and struck out Riley Moore for the second out of the inning. However, Trent Gilbert plated his second and third RBI of the night with a single into right field.

Arizona left Matthew Troupe on the mound for the bottom of the ninth inning and got into early troubled with a single and a walk putting two men on with zero outs. He struck out the next batter he faced but then walked the bases loaded. Tanner English lined out to Gilbert at second base and that nearly wound up as a double play, but L.B. Dantzler returned to the plate before Gilbert was able to get the force out. Grayson Greiner popped out to right field to end the game.

The two starting pitchers were outstanding. Arizona's James Farris threw 7.2 innings of one-run ball while South Carolina's Michael Roth -- perhaps the greatest pitcher in Omaha history -- surrendered one run in 6.2 innings.

Arizona went 10-0 through the entire NCAA Baseball Tournament. South Carolina failed to win a third straight title in Omaha.

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2012 College World Series Schedule: Arizona Can Wrap Up Title On Monday

The 2012 College World Series can come to an end on Monday night should the Arizona Wildcats take Game 2 of the title series. The Wildcats defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks, 5-1, on Sunday night. Arizona received another complete game victory by righty Konner Wade, and outfielder Robert Refsnyder did the big damage with a two-run home run.

South Carolina had to go to Forrest Koumas on Sunday, but for Monday they will have perhaps the best Omaha-tested player in history on the mound: Michael Roth. The senior lefty, Roth threw a complete-game two-hitter against Kent St. on Thursday. This is his third straight year in Omaha and he is looking to keep the Gamecocks' chances at a third straight title alive.

Arizona would have liked to turn to Kurt Heyer for this game, but he isn't quite yet ready since throwing 15 innings over his two Omaha starts. Instead, James Farris, a right-handed sophomore, will take the mound on Monday night. Farris is 7-3 with a 4.18 ERA in 16 starts this season.

Game time/date: 6:00 p.m. MT, Monday, June 25, 2012

Location: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Neb.

Broadcast: ESPN/WatchESPN

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2012 College World Series Scores: Arizona Defeats South Carolina, 5-1, Is 1 Win Away From National Title

Arizona Wildcats sophomore right-hander Konner Wade must certainly be the leading contender for the Most Outstanding Player in the 2012 College World Series after his latest performance. He threw a complete game and allowed just one run in a 5-1 victory against the South Carolina Gamecocks. He has allowed just one run in 18 innings while pitching in Omaha.

Robert Refsnyder hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Alex Mejia drove in a run on a third-inning single to chase South Carolina starter Forrest Koumas from the game. Seth Mejias-Brean and Bobby Brown added an RBI each with singles in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively.

South Carolina will need a win on Monday to force a decisive Game 3 on Tuesday; otherwise, the Wildcats will celebrate their first College World Series title since 1986. Monday's game takes place at 6:00 p.m. MT and will be seen on ESPN.

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2012 College World Series, Arizona Vs. South Carolina: Game Time, TV Schedule, Streaming And More

The 2012 College World Series comes down to this: a best-of-three final matchup starting on Sunday between the Arizona Wildcats and the South Carolina Gamecocks. Arizona looks for its first title since 1986 while South Carolina is going for an unprecedented third straight title in Omaha during the Field of 64 era.

Arizona is a well-rested team compared to South Carolina. The Wildcats went 5-0 through the regionals and super regionals and is currently 3-0 in Omaha. Perfection in Omaha would match South Carolina's path from last year. South Carolina, however, has had a grueling time of it over the last several days. A loss to Arkansas put them in the loser's bracket and ended a 12-game winning streak in Omaha. Due to a postponement on Wednesday, South Carolina played and won two elimination games on Thursday before forcing a decisive match with Arkansas on Friday.

Arizona will start sophomore righty Konner Wade (10-3, 4.17 ERA), who has not pitched since June 17. He threw a 4-0 complete game victory against UCLA that day. South Carolina is expected to start sophomore righty Forrest Koumas (2-2, 4.56 ERA), who has made just three starts in his 17 appearances this season.

Game time/date: 6:00 p.m. MT, Sunday, June 24, 2012

Location: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Neb.

Broadcast: ESPN2/WatchESPN

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2012 College World Series Results: South Carolina Advances To Title Series With 3-2 Victory Over Arkansas

The South Carolina Gamecocks have returned to the College World Series title series for a third year in a row and the chance to complete a threepeat. On Friday night, the Gamecocks defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks, 3-2, after winning two games on Thursday, including a night victory against Arkansas.

Arkansas had a 2-0 lead after three innings -- third baseman Matt Reynolds driving in both -- but pitching turned on them in the bottom of the fifth inning. Starter D.J. Baxendale put two men on with a single and a walk before seeing Joey Pankake knock a single up the middle for a run. He then issued a walked to load the bases and another one to walk in the tying run. He left the game with all the bases occupied, but the relievers were able to get out of that mess.

Walks came back to haunt the Razorbacks in the bottom of the seventh inning. Colby Suggs walked Pankake and Evan Marzilli. Barrett Astin replaced Suggs, but he loaded the bases with an L.B. Dantzler single. Adam Matthews drew a bases-loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch to put the Gamecocks ahead, 3-2.

Tyler Webb and Matt Price pitched seven innings of relief after Colby Holmes lasted two-plus innings. Webb held the Razorbacks to two hits in four innings while Price struck out five and allowed one hit in three innings. Price also picked up his College World Series-record fifth win.

The Gamecocks play in the best-of-three finals against the Arizona Wildcats starting on Sunday.

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2012 College World Series Schedule: Arkansas, South Carolina Vie For Final Title Series Spot

The 2012 College World Series is down to three teams on Friday, with the Arizona Wildcats so far the only team in the best-of-three finals. That other spot will go to either the Arkansas Razorbacks or the South Carolina Gamecocks after Friday night's elimination game. The two teams will play at TD Ameritrade Park at 7:00 p.m. MT on ESPN.

South Carolina had to play two games on Thursday to reach this point. Their Wednesday game against the Kent St. Golden Flashes was postponed until Thursday due to inclement weather. That allowed South Carolina to turn to ace pitcher Michael Roth for the elimination game. Roth threw a complete game two-hitter in the 4-1 victory.

Hours later, Jordan Montgomery was just as impressive for the Gamecocks in throwing eight shutout innings in a 2-0 victory against Arkansas. Hanging in the balance for the Gamecocks is a chance at a threepeat in Omaha.

Arizona booked its trip to the finals with a 10-3 victory against the Florida St. Seminoles, winning all three games played so far in Omaha. If they can win title series in two straight games they will finish the postseason an undefeated 10-0 (3-0 in the regionals and 2-0 in super regionals).

Here is the remaining schedule for the College World Series:

Friday, June 22
South Carolina vs. Arkansas, 7:00 p.m. MT, ESPN

Sunday, June 24
Arizona vs. Bracket 2 winner, 6:00 p.m. MT, ESPN2

Monday, June 25
Arizona vs. Bracket 2 winner, 6:00 p.m. MT, ESPN

Tuesday, June 26 (if necessary)
Arizona vs. Bracket 2 winner, 6:00 p.m. MT, ESPN

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2012 College World Series Scores: South Carolina Defeats Arkansas, 2-0, To Force Friday Elimination Game

The South Carolina Gamecocks are looking to make it three College World Series victories in a row, and with Thursday night's 2-0 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks that dream is coming ever closer. However, the Gamecocks will need to beat Arkansas again on Friday to reach the title series against the Arizona Wildcats.


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South Carolina starter Jordan Montgomery was outstanding with eight shutout innings of three-hit ball. He struck out six batters and walked only one. The only real threat he faced came in the fifth inning with two outs and Bo Bigham on first base. Derrick Bleeker deposited a ball into left field, but Bigham attempted to go to third base. He was thrown out by Tanner English.

In the second inning, English drove in the first run of the game with a double down the left field line, scoring Erik Payne. English advanced to third base on a ground out and then scored on a Chase Vergason RBI single to center field.

Matt Price closed out the game for South Carolina with two strikeouts and a pop out.

Arkansas and South Carolina play in a winner-take-all contest on Friday at 7:00 p.m. MT (ESPN).

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2012 College World Series Scores: Arizona Clobbers Florida St., 10-3, On Way To CWS Title Series

The Arizona Wildcats are the first team to head to the College World Series' best-of-three championship finals. They beat the Florida St. Seminoles, 10-3, on Thursday evening to remain undefeated and improve to 3-0 in Omaha.

Arizona starter Kurt Heyer continued his strong postseason with 7.1 innings of two-run ball, allowing nine hits, walking three batters and striking out three. Tyler Crawford closed out the game for Arizona, allowing a ninth-inning run.

Florida State's pitching, on the other hand, extended to eight men making appearances. Freshman lefty Brandon Leibrandt got tagged for six runs in the first inning, though two scored after he left the game. His final line was one-third of an inning pitched with three hits allowed and two walks. Only two of those runs were earned as a result of three errors in the inning, including one by Leibrandt.

In the fourth inning, Arizona struck for four more runs, including two home runs: a Robert Refsnyder solo shot and a Bobby Brown two-run blast. Joey Rickard singled in the other run later in the inning.

Arizona is off until Sunday and will wait to see if they will play either Arkansas or South Carolina. Should Arkansas win Thursday night's game, the CWS title series will be set. If South Carolina pulls out the victory, previously losing to Arkansas, 2-1, a showdown takes place on Friday. South Carolina is looking for a third straight CWS title.

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2012 College World Series Scores: South Carolina Eliminates Kent St., 4-1, Will Play Arkansas

The Kent St. Golden Flashes are out of the 2012 College World Series after falling to the South Carolina Gamecocks, 4-1, on Thursday afternoon. The Golden Flashes were looking to be a No. 3 regional seed to take the College World Series title, but, like Stony Brook, the upstart Northern team was unable make it to the final title series.

South Carolina, meanwhile, is back on the right side of things after a 2-1 loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks snapped a 22-game postseason and 12-game Omaha winning streak. Grayson Greiner and Chase Vergason each singled in a run in the second inning while L.B. Dantzler launched a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning.

South Carolina went with starter Michael Roth for this game after Wednesday night's game had to be rescheduled as this game on Thursday. Roth threw a two-hit complete game, allowing one run on a single in the second inning. He struck out eight.

The Gamecocks, looking to win their third straight College World Series, will be back on the field on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. to face Arkansas. Tune into ESPN2 to see if South Carolina wards off elimination once again to face a deciding elimination game against the Razorbacks on Friday.

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2012 College World Series Schedule: Tripleheader On Tap In Omaha On Thursday

The 2012 College World Series will have a tripleheader at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday. Inclement weather on Wednesday night forced an elimination game between the Kent St. Golden Flashes and the South Carolina Gamecocks first into a two-hour rain delay before postponing the game to Thursday at 10 a.m. MT.

The winner of that game will go on to play the Arkansas Razorbacks in yet another elimination game. However, a loss won't eliminate Arkansas, already 2-0 in the double-elimination tournament. Another game would be played on Friday to determine the winner of Bracket 2 and a spot in the College World Series title series. While there is an offday on Saturday, it was decided not to interrupt that break in the schedule.

The other game pits the Arizona Wildcats against the Florida St. Seminoles. Arizona outlasted Florida St. for a 4-3 victory in 12 innings during an opening CWS game. A win for Arizona sends them to the title series while a Florida St. victory forces a decisive elimination game on Friday for both teams.

Here is Thursday's schedule:

Kent St. vs. South Carolina, 10:00 a.m. MT, ESPN2
Arizona vs. Florida St. 3:00 p.m. MT, ESPN2
Arkansas vs. Kent St.-South Carolina winner, 7:00 p.m. MT, ESPN2

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2012 College World Series: Kent St. Vs. South Carolina Postponed Until Thursday Due To Rain

The 2012 College World Series experienced a bump in its schedule on Wednesday night due to poor weather conditions. The elimination game between Kent St. and South Carolina will be played on Thursday due to the pouring rain.

There will, as a result, be three games played on Thursday. Bracket 2, which these teams are in, will be involved in two of those games. The winner of Kent St.-South Carolina will play the Arkansas Razorbacks in the nightcap in Omaha. Arkansas has beaten both teams while in Omaha.

The other game features the Arizona Wildcats against the Florida St. Seminoles. Arizona and Arkansas are both undefeated and can wrap up spots in the College World Series title series on Thursday.

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2012 College World Series Scores: Florida State Topples UCLA, 4-1

The Florida State Seminoles earned a date with the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday by defeating the UCLA Bruins 4-1 in an elimination game on Tuesday night in Omaha. FSU never trailed, and received a brilliant pitching performance from Scott Sitz to key the victory. Sitz finished the night by allowing five hits and one earned run over 6.2 innings while striking out eight. The Seminoles bullpen was just as dominant, as relievers Hunter Scantling and Robert Benincasa struck out three without allowing no hits over the final 2.1 innings.

First baseman Jayce Boyd finished 1-for-3 with an RBI in the win for the Seminoles. Catcher Stephen McGee and shortstop Justin Gonzalez also added RBIs in the win.

Left fielder Cody Keefer drove-in the lone run for the Bruins. UCLA starter Zack Weiss exited after getting just one out. Weiss allowed one hit, two walks and three earned runs during his short-lived start.

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2012 College World Series: Arkansas Defeats South Carolina, 2-1

The Arkansas Razorbacks defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks, 2-1, on Monday night. Thus ends South Carolina's 22-game postseason winning streak and 12 straight victories in Omaha.

Arkansas' Ryne Stanek was the player of the game with just one run allowed in six innings, giving up three hits and three walks. Evan Marzilli hit a fifth-inning triple to put the Gamecocks on the board but still down by a run, 2-1. Barrett Astin allowed one hit over the final three innings of the game to close out the victory.

South Carolina starter Colby Holmes allowed two runs in 3.2 innings and then watched Tyler Webb complete the last 5.1 innings of the game. Webb limited the Razorbacks to two hits and struck out four batters.

Arkansas is 2-0 and will play next on Thursday. The opponent is yet to be determined because Wednesday will pit South Carolina against Kent St. in an elimination game. South Carolina's chance at a third straight College World Series title teeters on the brink of collapse. Can they tip the scales back in their favor?

The College World Series on Tuesday with an elimination game between Florida State and UCLA.

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2012 College World Series Scores: Arizona Shuts Out UCLA, 4-0

In the battle between Pac-12 teams during the 2012 College World Series, the Arizona Wildcats emerged victorious, 4-0, against the UCLA Bruins. They will continue on in the winner's bracket while the Bruins are now playing for their postseason lives on Tuesday.

Arizona confined its scoring to the fourth inning and roughed up UCLA starter Nick Vander Tuig that inning. Joey Rickard struck out to start the inning, but then three straight singles had the bases loaded. Third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean ripped a two-run single and advanced to second base on a throwing error. Designated hitter Bobby Brown sent a double down the right field line for two more runs.

UCLA threatened in the top of the fifth when it had the bases loaded against Arizona starter Konner Wade, but second baseman Kevin Williams popped out to left fielder Johnny Field. Wade threw a complete game shutout, allowing just five hits and striking out four.

Arizona waits until Thursday to play again, facing the winner of Tuesday's Florida St.-UCLA game. The Wildcats beat Florida St. in their opening CWS game. Stony Brook is the only team eliminated from the tournament thus far.

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2012 College World Series Scores: Florida St. Eliminates Stony Brook With 12-2 Victory

The feel-good story of the Stony Brook Seawolves has come to an end in Omaha after losing its second game in the College World Series. The Florida St. Seminoles won Sunday afternoon's game, 12-2, to advance to another elimination game on Tuesday.

The Seminoles broke open the game with a six-run third inning, with the big damage done on a two-run error and a three-run home run by Justin Gonzalez. Devon Travis added a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning and an RBI double in the sixth inning. In the latter inning, Sherman Johnson hit a two-run double to right center field immediately preceding Travis' double.

Florida St. starter Mike Compton threw six innings of two-run ball and then saw three relievers close the deal out. Stony Brook starter Brandon McNitt allowed nine of the 12 runs, but just four of them were earned due to a variety of errors.

With this ending, Stony Brook will not join the 2008 Fresno St. Bulldogs as the only No. 4 regional seed to win the College World Series. For Florida St., the loser of Arizona-UCLA on Sunday night awaits in an elimination game on Tuesday.

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2012 College World Series: South Carolina Downs Florida, 7-3, Will Play Arkansas On Monday

South Carolina's winning streaks continue after defeating the Florida Gators, the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament, 7-3, on Saturday night. The Gamecocks have now won 22 consecutive postseason games and 12 straight College World Series contests.

South Carolina did nearly all of its damage in the fifth inning when it scored five runs. Florida starter Brian Johnson loaded the bases and then allowed an Erik Payne bases-clearing triple. L.B. Dantzler and Chase Vergason added a run each on a double and single later in the inning.

Florida scored three runs on South Carolina ace Michael Roth, accomplishing that on a Preston Tucker two-run double in the third inning and a Mike Zunino sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Roth went 6.1 innings and gave up seven hits and walked three batters. Tyler Webb and Matt Price closed the game out, the latter striking out three batters in two innings.

The Gators allowed two runs in the top of the ninth when they got sloppy. Keenan Kish put Christian Walker on base after four balls, saw him move to second base on a sacrifice and then third on a wild pitch. Steven Rodriguez replaced Kish on the mound, but he threw a wild pitch and allowed Walker to score. A couple of errors and a single later, Florida allowed an unearned run to score, putting the team in a 7-3 hole.

South Carolina moves to the winner's bracket and will face Arkansas on Monday. Florida plays for its life in an elimination game against Kent St. on Monday.

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2012 College World Series Scores: Arkansas Thrashes Kent St., 8-1

The Arkansas Razorbacks are in the winner's bracket of the 2012 College World Series after defeating the Kent St. Golden Flashes on Saturday afternoon, 8-1. This time the Razorbacks are on the opposite end of an 8-1 decision, opening Super Regional play last week with a loss to Baylor by the same score.

The Razorbacks struck for two runs over the first two innings, but the runs piled up starting after the fifth inning. Center fielder Matt Vinson hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning while three runs scored in the eighth inning. The first came on a wild pitch and the other two scored on a Jake Wise single. That was Wise's second and third RBI of the game, previously hitting a home run in the second inning.

Arkansas starter D.J. Baxendale threw 6.1 innings and allowed one run on a Jimmy Ride in the sixth inning. Kent St. starter David Starn battled his way through 5.2 innings, but he walked six and gave up five runs.

Arkansas will play the winner of Saturday night's contest between South Carolina and Florida on Monday. Kent State will play the loser of South Carolina-Florida on Monday in an elimination game.

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2012 College World Series, Arizona Vs. Florida State Final Score: Wildcats Defeat Seminoles, 4-3, In 12 Innings

The Arizona Wildcats are in the winner's bracket of the 2012 College World Series after defeating the Florida St. Seminoles, 4-3, in 12 innings on Friday night. They will play the UCLA Bruins on Sunday night for the right to continue in the winner's bracket. Florida St. looks to stay alive with an elimination game against the Stony Brook Seawolves on Sunday afternoon.


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In the top of the 12th inning, Joey Rickard hit a one-out double to left center field against Robert Benincasa, who pitched the final four innings of the game for the Seminoles. Joey Field then immediately followed with a double of his own, scoring Rickard for the go-ahead run. Benincasa intentionally walked Alex Mejia but was able to get Robert Refsnyder and Seth Mejias-Brean out to end the inning.

Florida State tried to get something going against Arizona's Matthew Troupe once Seth Miller reached on a hit by pitch. Miller moved up to second base on a wild pitch and then found himself at third base after a groundout by Sherman Johnson. But it was all for naught. Devon Travis struck out swinging to end the game.

The College World Series continues on Saturday with games in Bracket 2 between Kent St. and Arkansas and South Carolina and Florida.

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2012 College World Series, UCLA Vs. Stony Brook Final Score: Bruins Cruise To 9-1 Victory Over Seawolves

The UCLA Bruins advanced to the winner's portion of Bracket 1 in the 2012 College World Series after downing the Stony Brook Seawolves, 9-1, on Friday evening. UCLA awaits the winner of Arizona-Florida St. while Stony Brook will go on to play the loser of that contest in this double-elimination round.

UCLA jumped out for a 5-0 lead after the first inning. Stony Brook starter Tyler Johnson allowed four singles and a walk to the first five batters he faced in the inning, allowing three runs. A groundout and a single plated the other two runs. Johnson made it through just 2.1 innings and gave up seven runs, though Jasvir Rakkar allowed both runners to score after replacing Johnson. Kevin Williams hit a double to drive in the two runs.

Beau Amaral added an RBI single in the fifth and Pat Valaika hit an RBI single in the eighth inning for the team's ninth run and ninth hit.

UCLA starter Adam Plutko allowed one run on a Pat Cantwell home run in the third inning, but otherwise was sterling. He struck out seven batters in seven innings and allowed just five hits. Freshman David Berg pitched the final two innings of the game to finish the Seawolves off.

These teams will play in separate games on Sunday.

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2012 College World Series, Stony Brook Vs. UCLA: Seawolves Pursue Dream Of Northern Victory In Omaha

It's that time of the year again with the College World Series taking place in Omaha, Neb. The upstart No. 4 seed Stony Brook Seawolves and the No. 2 national seed UCLA Bruins kick off the second year of the tournament at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday afternoon for the first game in what can reach a total of 17 contests.

The Seawolves (52-13) are looking to become just the second No. 4 regional seed to win the College World Series. The Fresno St. Bulldogs accomplished that feat in 2008. Coming from the America East contest, the Seawolves are not a hot topic of conversation in the usual baseball circles, but that all changed when they won the Coral Gables, Fla., Regional and then reached new heights with a huge upset over the No. 7 national seed LSU Tigers in the Baton Rouge, La., Super Regional. Alex Box Stadium is one of the toughest places to play at on the road and after a heart-breaking 5-4 12-innings loss in Game 1, the Seawolves came back to win the final two games of the best-of-three series.

Stony Brook received strong pitching from all three of its starters in the Super Regional round: Brandon McNitt, Tyler Johnson and Frankie Vanderka. Johnson (12-1, 1.94 ERA) starts Game 1 of the College World Series after throwing a complete game three-hitter for a 3-1 win over LSU. Offensively, look for OF Travis Jankowski (.422 BA, 36 SB, 44th overall draft pick) and Willie Carmona (.399 BA, 12 HR, 72 RBI, 11th round draft pick) to lead the team.

The Bruins (47-14) have won five straight postseason games as they enter the College World Series, sweeping the Los Angeles Regional and Super Regional. The Bruins will have Adam Plutko (11-3, 2.56 ERA). He allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings and struck out seven in a 6-2 victory over TCU to open the Super Regional series. Reliever David Berg (47 G, 1.58 ERA) threw five shutout innings of relief in that series.

Look for OF Jeff Gelalich (57th overall draft pick) to lead the Bruins offense. He hit .365/.458/.558 with 11 home runs, 15 stolen bases and 46 RBI in 61 games.

Game time/date: 3:00 p.m. MT, Friday, June 15, 2012

Location: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Neb.

Broadcast: ESPN2/WatchESPN

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2012 College World Series: Practice, Opening Ceremonies Take Place On Thursday

The 2012 College World Series doesn't see its first action on the field until Friday afternoon when the Stony Brook Seawolves and the UCLA Bruins play at TD Ameritrade Park, its second year in the new stadium, but on Thursday all the teams will practice there. After each of those hour-long practices end, the teams will then have an autograph session.

Also taking place on Friday will be the Opening Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m MDT. Former Georgia Tech shortstop Nomar Garciaparra will join the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team as the headliners for this event:

In addition to Garciaparra’s involvement, the Golden Knights, which is the U.S. Army’s official aerial demonstration team, will perform a pyrotechnic jump into the stadium as part of Opening Ceremonies. Jumps are performed from 12,500 feet above the ground, or nearly two and a half miles straight up.

That is certainly a sight to behold. But the real draw should be the team introductions, though the Olympic-style presentation might not be for everyone.

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2012 College World Series: Kent St., South Carolina And Stony Brook Offer Intriguing Storylines In Omaha

The 2012 College World Series is almost upon us and there will be plenty of great stories to follow. Kent St., South Carolina and Stony Brook are among the top ones to have interest in this June.

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2012 College World Series Schedule Set, Will Begin On June 15

The 2012 College World Series will begin on Friday, June 15, with the South Carolina Gamecocks looking for a third straight title in Omaha, Neb. But can the upstarts,the Kent St. Golden Flashes and the Stony Brook Seawolves, make some additional noise as they try to knock off teams from the West Coast and the South, the perennial powerhouse locations for college baseball?

The College World Series begins with a double-elimination setup until only the final two teams remain. Those two battle-hardened teams will then take part in a best-of-three championship series. South Carolina defeated Florida in the title series in 2011, but this year they play each other in an opening round contest in Bracket 2.

Here are the matchups for the first two days (head here for the complete schedule):

Friday, June 15

No. 4 Stony Brook vs. No. 1 UCLA, 3:00 p.m. MT, ESPN2
No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 1 Florida State, 7:00 p.m. MT, ESPN2

Saturday, June 16

No. 3 Kent State vs. No. 2 Arkansas, 3:00 p.m. MT, ESPN
No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 1 Florida, 7:00 p.m. MT, ESPN

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2012 College World Series: Which Teams Are In, Which Ones Are Waiting?

UPDATE: South Carolina, Kent St. and Arkansas completed the bracket. Full CWS schedule is here.

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The 2012 College World Series field is nearly complete, and we'll know the full lineup for Omaha by the end of Monday night. On Sunday, three more teams secured spots for a chance at college baseball's top prize.

The Arizona Wildcats and the UCLA Bruins entered the fray on Saturday and saw the Florida Gators, the Florida St. Seminoles and the Stony Brook Seawolves secure spots. The Gators used a 9-8 victory in 10 innings over the N.C. State Wolfpack to garner their spot. The Florida St. Seminoles might have secured their spot on Saturday had rain not forced the game to Sunday. It didn't really matter, as Florida St. won, 18-7, over Stanford. The Seminoles scored 35 runs in two games.

Stony Brook, though, is the most surprising member of this group. The Seawolves lost Game 1 on Saturday in 12 innings, 5-4, after the game had been suspended on Friday. They came back later that night with a 3-1 victory to tie the series. On Sunday, after rain forced the game later into the night, Stony Brook picked up a 7-2 victory to head to Omaha. They are the first America East team to head to the College World Series and are just the second No. 4 regional seed to make the final bracket. Fresno State won the entire thing in 2008 as a No. 4 seed.

There are three spots remaining and will be decided on Monday. The Kent St. Golden Flashes can join Stony Brook as a Northern school in the College World Series, but they will need to pick things up after losing Game 2 to the Oregon Ducks, the No. 5 national seed. South Carolina and Oklahoma will continue Game 2 on Monday after rain forced a suspension of play. South Carolina won Game 1, but Game 3 will follow later that night should Oklahoma win the completion of Game 2. Arkansas and Baylor play Game 3 after the Razorbacks took Saturday's game.

Here is the schedule for Monday:

Oregon vs. Kent State, 2:00 p.m. MT 5:00 p.m. MT, ESPNU
South Carolina vs. Oklahoma, 2:00 p.m. MT, ESPN2/Game 3 at 5:05 p.m. MT, ESPN2 (if necessary)
Arkansas vs. Baylor, 5:00 p.m. MT, ESPNU

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For a complete bracket, visit NCAA.com.

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