Gamecocks head to stadium for Game One. (June 24, 2012/FOX Carolina)
OMAHA, NE (FOX Carolina) -
The Gamecocks will have to win the next two games to take home a third-consecutive title at the College World Series after they lost to Arizona 5-1 in the first game.
South Carolina (49-18) and Arizona (46-17) opened up finals play in the CWS Championship Series on Sunday night in Omaha, NE, at TD Ameritrade Park.
This was the first meeting ever between the two schools on the baseball diamond, and both teams brought sophomore pitchers to the mound to start the final series.
Konner Wade led-off for the Wildcats while Forrest Koumas took the field for the Gamecocks. Evan Beal was called in during the third inning to relieve Koumas and was later relieved by Nolan Belcher in the eighth.
With a home run early in the game, Arizona took an early lead 2-0 and eventually stayed ahead, closing out the first game of this best-of-three final 5-1 over the Gamecocks.
South Carolina was the designated road team for the first game and will be the home game for Monday night's contest. If the teams play a third game on Tuesday, South Carolina will be the home team after winning a coin toss.
The only other school to win more than three national championships consecutively was the University of Southern California, who had five back-to-back wins between 1970 and 1974.
Stay with FOX Carolina and foxcarolina.com for continued coverage from Omaha for the College World Series finals.
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