College World Series Capsules June 18, 2012

By The Associated Press

Arkansas ends S. Carolina’s NCAA tournament streak
ERIC OLSON,AP Sports Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ryne Stanek and Barrett Astin combined on a four-hitter and Arkansas beat South Carolina 2-1 at the College World Series on Monday night, ending the Gamecocks’ NCAA tournament record winning streak at 22 games.

The Gamecocks (46-18) will have to beat Kent State on Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of winning a third straight national title.

The Razorbacks (46-20) earned two days off and need one more win to go to the best-of-three finals.

“It’s almost unimaginable that you could win 22 games in a row in the postseason. It’s incredible,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “Hats off to coach (Ray) Tanner and his group. They’ve done a tremendous job. But our guys just came out and did what they do — play hard and throw a lot of strikes.”

Matt Vinson’s RBI single in the fourth inning gave Arkansas a 2-0 lead. Evan Marzilli’s two-out triple pulled the Gamecocks within a run in the fifth, but they got just one hit the rest of the way.

Loss to Flashes ousts No. 1 seed Gators from CWS
ERIC OLSON,AP Sports Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The curse of the No. 1 seed continued at the College World Series. Florida is out after a 5-4 loss to Kent State in a game in which the Gators couldn’t seem to catch a break.

Starting pitcher Hudson Randall left after the first inning because of heat-related symptoms. The defense, which committed three errors in a loss to South Carolina on Saturday, was charged with two more against the Flashes.

And when it looked like the Gators might capitalize on CWS newcomer Kent State’s shaky relief pitching in the ninth, they couldn’t get the call they needed from the umpire.

“It’s an unfortunate way to end the season, but I think Kent State deserves a lot of credit for the way they played today,” Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “They hung in there, got a big strikeout at the end, and our guys hung in there right to the last out.”

Florida (47-20), which lost to South Carolina in last year’s finals, came to Omaha as the favorite. But the Gators went 0-2 and became the 13th straight No. 1 seed to leave without the championship.

NCAA College World Series Glance

Monday, June 18

Kent State 5, Florida 4, Florida eliminated

Arkansas 2, South Carolina 1

Tuesday, June 19

Game 9 — Florida State (49-16), vs. UCLA (48-15), 7 p.m.

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