OMAHA, NE - South Carolina swept its doubleheader on Thursday at the College World Series to defend its back-to-back national championship. After beating Kent State 4-1 earlier in the day in an elimination game, the Gamecocks moved on to face unbeaten Arkansas in a rematch of Monday's game.
Former St. James Shark Tanner English got the scoring started in the second inning with an RBI double to drive in Erik Payne and give USC a 1-0 lead. He would later score on a Chase Vergason single to right in the same frame. A 2-0 lead would be all the cushion Ray Tanner's staff needed, as pitching handled the rest.
Freshman starter Jordan Montgomery (Sumter High School) threw eight scoreless innings, only surrendering three hits while striking out six. Matt Price closed the door on the Razorbacks, picking up the save while working a scoreless ninth.
The Gamecocks only used three pitchers in 18 innings played on Thursday, and give Arkansas its first loss of the College World Series. South Carolina and Arkansas will now play again on Friday night. The winner heads to the championship round to face Arizona in a best of three series, while the loser's season is over.