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ON SPORTS: Hogs fall short, Gamecocks advance to CWS FinalsPosted Friday, June 22, 2012, at 11:31 PM
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Arkansas' lead-off man Tim Carver reached base in the top of the first inning. DH Jacob Mahan became the first out, on a sacrifice bunt, and then third baseman Matt Reynolds smashed a single to left field to score Carver from second base to give the Hogs a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third inning, with two on and no one out, South Carolina had to make a pitching change. The Gamecocks brought in lefty Tyler Webb, and were able to get the first out, but Reynolds came through again and fired a ball to right field for a sacrifice fly to push Arkansas' lead to 2-0.
The Gamecocks answered in the bottom of the fifth inning. Joey Pankake hit a single to centerfield that scored Tanner English and cut the Hogs' lead to 2-1. With the bases loaded, Razorbacks starting pitcher D.J. Baxendale walked Christian Walker, with the bases loaded, to tie the game at 2-2.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Razorbacks pitcher Barrett Astin gave away another run when he walked the bases loaded to give the Gamecocks their first lead of the night, 3-2. A pitch then got away from catcher Jake Wise, against the next batter, but he was able to recover and throw out the runner before scoring.
But the damage was done, as USC's Matt Price shut down the Hogs to be named the winning pitcher, with 3.0 innings worked holding the Hogs to no runs. South Carolina edged out the Razorbacks 3-2 to advance to the College World Series Finals and a possible third-consecutive National Championship.
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Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
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