Ladies and Gentlemen, from here on out it is win, or go home until the finals. Here we go!
NORMAN, Okla. -- No. 6 Oklahoma (50-17) and No. 5 South Carolina (49-16) will meet again in the 2010 College World Series, this time in an elimination game on Thursday, June 24 at 6 p.m. CT. The Sooners topped the Gamecocks, 4-3,on Sunday in the CWS opener. OU and South Carolina have met one other time before this season on Feb. 9, 2007 in the Hughes Brothers Challenge in Wilmington, N.C. The Sooners dropped a 13-2 decision that day in the only other meeting between the schools.
The winner of OU and USC will have to defeat No. 8 Clemson twice to advance to next week's championship series, starting on Friday at 8 p.m.
- The No. 5 Gamecocks rebounded after Sunday's loss to OU with an 11-4 victory over No. 1 Arizona State. Last week, South Carolina won the Super Regional at Coastal Carolina (W, 4-3 and 10-9). In the NCAA Regional round, USC hosted and won all three games of its regional against Bucknell, The Citadel and Virginia Tech. The Gamecocks are making their ninth CWS appearance and first since 2004 (others: 2003, 2002, 1985, 1982, 1981, 1977 and 1975).
- A winner in 15 of the last 18 outings, OU is ranked as high as No. 6 this week by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA polls, while Baseball America (No. 11) and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' (13) are idle until the conclusion of the tournament. OU has nine previous CWS appearances (1995, 1994, 1992, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972 and 1951) and owns two national titles in 1951 and 1994.
SOUTH CAROLINA STARTER
RHP Blake Cooper (12-2, 2.92 ERA)
RHP Zach Neal (8-3, 4.65 ERA)
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