The South Carolina Gamecocks are the two-time defending College World Series champions and they would like to make it a three-pear in 2012, but before they head back to Omaha they will need to take care of the Oklahoma Sooners in the Super Regionals. Game 1 of this best-of-three series takes place on Saturday.
South Carolina (43-17) will have senior lefty starter Michael Roth (6-1, 2.68 ERA) on the mound to start the series. Oklahoma will have will have its own lefty, Jordan John (8-7, 2.26 ERA), to oppose Roth and his offense.
The Gamecocks' offense is led by Christian Walker and his 11 home runs and 53 RBI. Third baseman L.B. Dantzler added nine home runs while freshmen SS Joey Pankake and LF Tanner English have been solid contributors. Also be on the lookout for closer Matt Price and his 10 saves.
Erik Ross and his 20 stolen bases set the table for the Sooners offense. Matt White's .339 batting average leads the team.
Game time/date: 6:00 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 9, 2012
Location: Carolina Field, Columbia, S.C.