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SC beats Arkansas, makes it to CWS finals

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OMAHA, NE (AP/FOX Carolina) -

The Gamecocks are headed to their third consecutive College World Series final in Omaha, NE, after they beat Arkansas 3-2 Friday night.

The Razorbacks led South Carolina early in the game 2-0, but the Gamecocks rallied back with the help of strong pitching, several hits and runs from walks.

Pitcher Matt Price closed another strong game with a 1-2-3 in the 9th inning to hold onto the 3-2 lead for the win. Tyler Webb and Price combined for seven innings of shutout relief.

The Gamecocks (49-18) took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning on Barrett Astin's two-out, bases-loaded walk to Adam Matthews.

The Gamecocks erased a 2-0 deficit in the fifth, with DJ Baxendale walking Christian Walker with the bases loaded to force in the tying run.

Matthews looked ready to swing on a 3-2 pitch from Astin in the seventh, but he held up as the slider dropped low and Joey Pankake trotted home for the going-ahead run.

Price (5-4) pitched three innings to earn his record fifth career win in the CWS. Colby Suggs (7-1) took the loss for Arkansas (46-22).

South Carolina will face Arizona, who remains unbeaten in Omaha, on Sunday. The winner of the best-of-three series will take home the College Worlds Series title, a potential three-peat for the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks defeated UCLA in two games to win the title in 2010 and swept Florida in two games last year to win their second-straight crown.

The first game of the finals series is Sunday at 8 p.m. ESPN2 will carry the first game of the series before it moves to ESPN for game two on Monday and the "if necessary" game on Tuesday.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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