OMAHA, Neb. - Arkansas faces elimination for the first time in the College World Series Friday.
Freshman Jordan Montgomery pitched eight innings of shutout baseball to lead the South Carolina Gamecocks (48-18) to a 2-0 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks (46-21)Thursday night. It was South Carolina's second elimination game win of the day.
"Tomorrow is win or go home," said Arkansas outfielder Matt Vinson. "I felt like our team came out a little flat today. We will come out a little more excited tomorrow and play with more energy."
South Carolina jumped out on Arkansas early. Back-to-back doubles by Erik Payne and Tanner English. A single by Chase Vergason scored English for a 2-0 lead against Razorbacks starter Randall Fant. Brandon Moore relieved Fant after only 1 1/3 innings. Moore and reliever Nolan Santana quieted South Carolina after the rest of the game, giving up just three hits.