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South Carolina eliminates Oklahoma to advance to College World Series

Kent State beats Oregon and Arkansas edged Baylor to also win super regionals.

June 11, 2012|Wire reports
  • South Carolina pitcher Michael Roth signs autographs after the team won their super regional against Oklahoma on Monday.
South Carolina pitcher Michael Roth signs autographs after the team won… (Mary Ann Chastain / Associated…)

South Carolina took advantage of two mistakes by the Oklahoma to build a two-run lead in the seventh inning and eventually defeated the Sooners, 5-1 to win a super regional and advance to the College World Series.

Chase Vergason's two-run double an inning later gave South Carolina a 5-1 lead at Columbia, S.C.

Two-time defending champion South Carolina wrapped up its super regional series for its third consecutive trip to Omaha and 11th CWS appearance overall.

Should South Carolina (45-17) again prevail, it would join USC as the only schools with more than two consecutive CWS titles. The Trojans hold the record with five straight wins from 1970 to '74.

South Carolina will open at Omaha against Florida on Saturday.

Oklahoma finishes with a record of 42-25.

Kent State 3, Oregon 2: Jimmy Rider's shallow pop fly dropped just inside the left-field line to score Derek Toadvine with the winning run for the Golden Flashes (46-18) in the bottom of the ninth. The Ducks (46-19), who had rallied to tie the game with two runs in the eighth, were eliminated. Kent State, making the school's first College World Series appearance, opens against Arkansas.

Arkansas 1, Baylor 0: Jake Wise's two-out single drove in Brian Anderson in the top of the 10th to lift the Omaha-bound Razorbacks (44-20) over the Bears (49-17).

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