Only Arizona stands between Gamecocks and record book

South Carolina (49-18) and Arizona (46-17) open up play in the College World Series Championship Series on Sunday night in Omaha at TD Ameritrade Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. with the game televised live on ESPN2. This is the first meeting ever between the two schools on the baseball diamond.

After winning three games in 36 hours, South Carolina’s regular starting pitchers are still under rest. The Gamecocks will start right-handed sophomore Forrest Koumas (2-2, 4.56 ERA) to the mound to face Arizona right-handed sophomore Konner Wade (10-3, 4.17 ERA).

South Carolina is making its third consecutive appearance in the CWS Championship Series having won back-to-back national championships in 2010 and 2011. The Gamecocks are trying to match UCLA as the only programs to win three straight national baseball titles.

South Carolina is the designated road team for the first game and will be the home game for Monday night’s contest. If the teams play a third game on Tuesday, South Carolina will be the home team after winning a coin toss.

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