Arkansas ends Gamecocks win streak

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:26 AM
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OMAHA, Neb. — Ryne Stanek and Barrett Astin combined on a four-hitter and Arkansas beat South Carolina 2-1 at the College World Series on Monday night, ending the Gamecocks' NCAA tournament record winning streak at 22 games.

Arkansas' Brian Anderson high-fives Jake Wise after scoring against South Carolina on a single by Matt Vinson in the fourth inning.  ASSOCIATED PRESS
Arkansas' Brian Anderson high-fives Jake Wise after scoring against South Carolina on a single by Matt Vinson in the fourth inning.

The Gamecocks (46-18) will have to beat Kent State on Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of winning a third straight national title.

The Razorbacks (46-20) earned two days off and need one more win to go to the best-of-three finals.

Matt Vinson's RBI single in the fourth inning gave Arkansas a 2-0 lead. Evan Marzilli's two-out triple pulled the Gamecocks within a run in the fifth, but they got just one hit the rest of the way.

Stanek (8-4) allowed three hits and turned the game over in the seventh inning to Astin, who earned his 11th save.

South Carolina's Colby Holmes (7-2) allowed two runs on four hits in 3 2-3 innings. Tyler Webb shut down Arkansas on two hits over a season-high 5 1-3 innings, but his teammates couldn't get much going against the hottest pitching staff in the nation.

Arkansas pitchers have allowed just two runs over their last 32 1-3 innings. The Hogs have an ERA of 1.75 in eight NCAA tournament games.

The Razorbacks have won their first two games at the CWS for the first time since their initial appearance in Omaha in 1979. They've been here six times since.

South Carolina came from behind to win 11 times during the 22-game streak that started at the 2010 CWS.

The Gamecocks won two out of three against Arkansas during the regular season, but Stanek and Astin were too much for them to overcome Monday.

The Hogs had only six hits after banging out 10 in an 8-1 win over Kent State on Saturday.

They opened the scoring in the first on Dominic Ficociello's double. Their winning run came home in the fourth. Holmes walked Brian Anderson leading off, and he scored on a single by Vinson, who was hitting .209 out of the No. 8 hole.

South Carolina went three up, three down three of the last four innings.

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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 06/19/12 - 02:37 am
"It ain't over...

til it's over." And it ain't over. Ask Berra. And Belcher.

Iwannakno 06/19/12 - 07:36 am

That's ok 2 in a row!! If you didn't win another game you guys are still awesome!!

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 06/19/12 - 04:04 pm
Well, I've made no bones

Well, I've made no bones about it in the past and I'm not going to change now...I don't like the Gamecocks!
BUT..I will give credit where credit is due. They've got a helluva baseball team to make it to the CWS this many times lately. And Craig and Yogi are ain't over till it's over.
Do I want the Gamecocks to threepeat??? No. Will I congratulate them if they do win it all again. Certainly.

KSL 06/19/12 - 11:08 pm
Just wondering why you

Just wondering why you dislike the gamecocks so much. UGA has oponents who have embarrassed them far worse on occasion. Perhaps it is the reason I dislike UGA. Fans of UGA close to me being so obnoxious. USC fans can be the same, but in no way like the dog fans. And I am talking about my family members, most of whom graduated from GA.

HighSociety 06/19/12 - 11:09 pm
Im just excited to see the

Im just excited to see the SEC is playing some great ball!

KSL 06/19/12 - 11:16 pm
I agree. But I still keenly

I agree, HS, But I still keenly remember obnoxious GA fans here saying USC had no business being in the SEC because they could not compete.

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