Gamecocks draw top-seeded Gators in SEC-heavy pool

There will be no all-SEC matchup to decide this national championship.

Despite the SEC sending three teams to the College World Series, all three were placed in the same pool to prevent more than one SEC squad from playing for the national title.

Two-time defending national champion South Carolina defeated Florida in last year’s CWS title series, and Alabama and Auburn famously played in the BCS championship game in football last fall.

That won;t be the case this year, as the Gamecocks and top-seeded Gators meet in the first round at 9 p.m. Saturday, just after SEC member Arkansas takes on the Mid-America Conference’s Kent State.

In the other pool, American East sleeper Stony Brook meets Pac-10 power UCLA at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by Pac-10 rival Arizona taking on No. 3-seeded Florida State of the ACC.

The winners of each double-elimination pool tournament advance to the best-of-three championship series, which gets underway June 24.

College World Series Schedule

Friday, June 15
Game 1: Stony Brook (52-13) vs. No. 2 UCLA (47-14) (ESPN2/ESPN3, 5 p.m.)
Game 2: Arizona (43-17) vs. No. 3 Florida State (48-15) (ESPN2/ESPN3, 9 p.m.)

Saturday, June 16
Game 3: Kent State (46-18) vs. Arkansas (44-20) (ESPN/ESPN3, 5 p.m.)
Game 4: No. 8 South Carolina (45-17) vs. No. 1 Florida (47-18) (ESPN/ESPN3, 9 p.m.)

Sunday, June 17
Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (ESPN2/ESPN3, 5 p.m.)
Game 6: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner (ESPN2/ESPN3, 9 p.m.)

Monday, June 18
Game 7: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser (ESPN2/ESPN3, 5 p.m.)
Game 8: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner (ESPN2/ESPN3, 9 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 19
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 loser (ESPN/ESPN3, 8 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 20
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser (ESPN/ESPN3, 8 p.m.)

Thursday, June 21
Game 11: Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner (ESPN2/ESPN3, 5 p.m.)
Game 12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner (ESPN2/ESPN3, 9 p.m.)

Friday, June 22
Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 11 loser (ESPN2/ESPN3, 5 p.m.) (if necessary)
Game 14: Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser (ESPN/ESPN3, 9 p.m.) (if necessary)

Championship series — June 24-26 (best of three)
TD Ameritrade Park | Omaha, Neb.

Sunday, June 24
Game 1: TBD (ESPN2/ESPN3, 8 p.m.)

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