South Carolina is headed back to the College World Series, beating Oklahoma 5-1 for its 21st consecutive NCAA tournament win. The two-time defending champion Gamecocks wrapped up the super regional series for their third consecutive trip to Omaha and 11th CWS appearance. A two-out single in the top of the 10th inning drove in the winning run for Arkansas as they advanced to the College World Series with a 1-0 win over Baylor and a shallow pop fly that landed just inside the left-field foul line in the bottom of the ninth, lifted Kent State to a 3-2 win against Oregon and sends the Golden Flashes to their first College World Series.
The game times and pairings for the first two days of the College World Series have been announced for the 66th CWS that will take place at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha starting Friday.
The first game on Friday is scheduled for 4pm CT featuring Stony Brook (52-13) against No. 2 national seed UCLA (47-14). Friday’s second game pits No. 3 national seed Florida State (48-15) against Arizona (43-17), and is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. CT. The doubleheader on Saturday features Arkansas (44-20) vs. Kent State (46-18) at 4 p.m. CT, and No. 1 national seed Florida (47-18) goes up against South Carolina (45-17) at 8 p.m. CT.
The losers of Friday’s two games will play one another at 4 p.m. CT on Sunday, while Friday’s winners face off at 8 p.m. CT Sunday. The losers of Saturday’s games will play each other at 4 p.m. CT on Monday, while Saturday’s winners meet Monday at 8 p.m. CT.
The winners of the two brackets will play best-of-three championship finals, with the first game set for 7 p.m. CT on Sunday, June 24. The second game is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on Monday, June 25, while the third and deciding game (if necessary) is slated for 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 26.