OMAHA, Neb. — Kent State and two-time defending national champion South Carolina will meet today after rain postponed their College World Series elimination game Wednesday night.
The winner will have to play a second game tonight against well-rested Arkansas.
“It’s not going to be easy certainly to beat two SEC teams in one day. That’s a great story if it happens,” Kent State coach Scott Stricklin said. “We have to worry about South Carolina first. If we win, we’ll go home, take a nap and see if we can get back at Arkansas.”
A line of showers moved into the Omaha area about an hour before Wednesday’s game. Radar indicated squalls would move through the area until late in the evening.
It probably would have been 10:30 local time before the game could have started. NCAA officials believed it would have been unfair to have Kent State (47-19) and South Carolina (46-18) start so late and then have the winner come back to play again tonight.
First pitch today will be at 12:08 p.m.
South Carolina coach Ray Tanner said the rainout gives him the option of starting ace Michael Roth (8-1) against the Flashes. No. 3 pitcher Jordan Montgomery (5-1) was the scheduled starter Wednesday.
“We’ll go back and talk it over,” Tanner said. “If we’re going to stay here and advance, Montgomery has to pitch (sometime).”