OMAHA, NE (WIS) - For the third straight year, the South Carolina Gamecocks are in the finals of the College World Series.
In their third match up of the College World Series against Arkansas, South Carolina rallied beat the Razorbacks 3-2 in an elimination game Friday night.
USC now advances to take on Arizona in the three-game final series and go for its third straight National Championship.
The Gamecocks (49-18) shut out the Razorbacks 2-0 Thursday to stay alive in the College World Series and ensure another game against Arkansas Friday. It was the third time the SEC opponents met on the field in the Omaha.
Colby Homes got the start for the Gamecocks. Tyler Webb and Matt Price combined for seven innings of shutout relief. Price (5-4) pitched the final two innings for his fifth College World Series win.
Trailing 2-0 in the fifth inning, Joey Pankake's RBI single scored Tanner English to put the Gamecocks on the board. Then USC tied it at two when Arkansas Pitcher DJ Baxendale allowed a walk with the bases loaded.
USC took the 3-2 lead in the seventh when, with the bases loaded, Adam Matthews drew a walk from Barrett Astin.
Colby Suggs suffered the loss for Arkansas (46-22).
The first game of the finals series is Sunday at 8 p.m. ESPN2 will carry the first game of the series before it moves to ESPN for game two on Monday and the "if necessary" game on Tuesday.
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