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South Carolina wins two in Omaha

The defending national champions defeat Kent State and Arkansas at the College World Series.

June 22, 2012|Wire reports
  • South Carolina's LB Dantzler, right, celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run against Kent State.
South Carolina's LB Dantzler, right, celebrates with teammates… (Dave Weaver / Associated…)

South Carolina wins two in Omaha

Freshman Jordan Montgomery and Matt Price combined on a three-hitter Thursday night, lifting two-time defending national champion South Carolina to a 2-0 victory over Arkansas in the College World Series at Omaha.

Michael Roth of the Gamecocks threw a two-hitter against Kent State earlier in the day. South Carolina and Arkansas will play again Friday night to decide which team goes to the best-of-three finals. The winner will play Arizona, which converted three errors into a six-run first inning and advanced with a 10-3 victory over Florida State.

South Carolina is the third team in the 63-year history of the CWS to win two full games in the same day. The last to do it was Holy Cross in 1952, when it beat Western Michigan and Penn State en route to the title.

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