The South Carolina Gamecocks beat Arkansas for the second day in a row to advance to the College World Series Finals where they will try to make it three straight championships. There have been several back-to-backs in the last 25 years but you have to go all the way back to 1970-1974 when Southern California won five straight to find anyone who has done what South Carolina is trying to do starting Sunday night in Omaha.
The Gamecocks fell behind 2-0 in the third inning but evened it up with two runs in the fifth. As the tension mounted down the stretch, Adam Matthews drew a bases loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to force in the go-ahead run that would eventually be the difference.
South Carolina lost to Arkansas on Monday night, then won three games in two days, after rain caused delays, to reach the Finals. They will meet Arizona, who made it through their bracket undefeated and earned a Finals berth with a 10-3 win over Florida State Thursday night.