South Carolina’s NCAA Baseball Tournament Record winning streak is over at 22 after a 2-1 loss to Arkansas Monday night. The Gamecocks had not lost in the tournament since their first game of the 2010 World Series. The loss was also their first at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park. Razorback pitchers Ryne Stanek and Barret Astin limited the Gamecocks to just four hits, and they were particularly tough with runners in scoring position allowing just one hit in ten at bats.
Arkansas scored runs in the first and fourth innings. The Gamecocks only run came on a RBI triple by Evan Marzilli in the fifth. After that the Gamecocks had only two more baserunners the rest of the night.
South Carolina will now face Kent State in an elimination game Wednesday night. The Golden Flashes ousted top seed Florida Monday 5-4 surviving a bases loaded jam in the top of the ninth inning. Josh Pierce got a strike out and a pop up to right to end the game and deliver Kent State its first ever win in the CWS.
Today’s elimination game will pit UCLA against Florida State. Arkansas and Arizona are the two unbeaten teams left.