KENT STATE Golden Flashes
Overall Record: 47-19
Conference: Mid-American (1st, 24-3)
Head Coach: Scott Stricklin

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SOUTH CAROLINA Gamecocks
Overall Record: 46-18
Conference: Southeastern (2nd, 18-11)
Head Coach: Ray Tanner

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN THE GOLDEN FLASHES AND GAMECOCKS MEET

Venue: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
Date: June 21
Time:  Noon ET
TV: ESPN2 / ESPN3 
Announcers:
   Mike Patrick (play by play)
   Orel Hershiser (color)
   Jessica Mendoza (field reporter)

Who to Watch for the Golden Flashes: P Tyler Skulina -- 11-2, 3.63 ERA; SS Jimmy Rider -- .362, 6 HR, 58 RBI; C David Lyon -- .285, 10 HR, 42 RBI

Who to Watch for the Gamecocks: 1B Christian Walker -- .316, 11 HR, 54 RBI; CF Evan Marzilli -- .295, 2 HR, 31 RBI, 13 SB; P Jordan Montgomery -- 5-1, 4.05 ERA

IN THE 2012 POSTSEASON

Kent State
Regional
    def. Kentucky, 7-6 (21 inn.) [ Box ]
    def. Purdue, 7-3 [ Box ]
    def. Kentucky, 3-2 [ Box ]
Super Regional
    def. Oregon, 7-6 [ Recap ] [ Box ] [ Video ]
    lost to Oregon, 3-2 [ Recap ] [ Box ] [ Video ]
    def. Oregon, 3-2 [ Recap ] [ Box ] [ Video ]

College World Series
    lost to Arkansas, 8-1 [ Recap ] [ Box ] [ Video ]
    def. Florida, 5-4 [ Recap ] [ Box ] [ Video ]

Feature: Indians broadcaster on joyride with son
Notebook: Life on the road suits Golden Flashes

South Carolina
Regional
    def. Manhattan, 7-0 [ Box ]
    def. Clemson, 5-4 (12 inn.) [ Box ]
    def. Clemson, 4-3 [ Box ]
Super Regional
    def. Oklahoma, 5-0 [ Recap ] [ Box ] [ Video ]
    def. Oklahoma, 5-1 [ Recap ] [ Box ] [ Video ]
College World Series
    def. Florida, 7-3 [ Recap ] [ Box ] [ Video ]
    lost to Arkansas, 2-1 [ Recap ] [ Box ] [ Video ]

Feature: Gamecocks take same approach
Feature: South Carolina back to old tricks vs. UF
Notebook: Arkansas finally ends South Carolina's streak

Rosters: Kent State | South Carolina Schedules: Kent State | South Carolina
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KENT STATE QUICK HITS ...
► Of the nine previous Mid-American Conference teams to appear in the CWS, only one went 0-2 -- Western Michigan in 1963.

► Kent State collected its first CWS win, despite six walks from its pitching staff. The Golden Flashes’ staff has walked 30 batters in 44.0 innings since the start of the Eugene Super Regional.

► Michael Clark walked three batters in 0.1 innings on Monday, making him the first pitcher to walk three in less than an inning of work at the CWS since North Carolina’s Patrick Johnson on June 18, 2009 (three in 0.1 innings against Arizona State).

SOUTH CAROLINA QUICK HITS ...
► Tyler Webb became the fifth pitcher since 2000 to toss at least 5.1 scoreless innings of relief in a CWS game. The others were: Matt Price of South Carolina (5.2 against Virginia on June 24, 2011), Taylor Jungmann of Texas (5.2 against Arizona State on June 16, 2009), Tommy Boss of Florida (5.2 against Arizona State on June 23, 2005) and Matt Campbell of South Carolina (5.1 against Clemson on June 19, 2002).

► South Carolina has a 1.77 ERA in the NCAA tournament this season (66.0 IP, 13 ER). Its bullpen has a combined 1.21 ERA in the 2012 NCAA tournament -- three runs allowed in 22.1 innings.

► The Gamecocks have gone 27-2 in the past three seasons in the NCAA tournament, the best three-year NCAA Tournament record of any team in history (must appear in tournament at least two of the three years to qualify).