June 17 (Bloomberg) -- The University of Arkansas defeated Kent State University 8-1 and the University of South Carolina beat the University of Florida 7-3 in the men’s College World Series.
The University of California, Los Angeles and Arizona, both winners of their first games, will play each other today in the double-elimination contest in Omaha, Nebraska. Stony Brook and Florida State, losers in their first games, will be trying to avoid elimination.
Arkansas’ Jake Wise hit the go-ahead home run in the second inning and then drove in two more runs in the eighth. The Razorbacks meet South Carolina tomorrow.
Jimmy Rider hit a solo home run in the sixth inning for Kent State. The Golden Flashes play against Florida tomorrow.
South Carolina’s Erik Payne hit a three-run triple in the five-run fifth inning then scored the deciding run on a double by L.B. Dantzler in the Gamecocks’ victory over the Gators.
The Gators had taken a 2-0 lead on Preston Tucker’s two-run double in the third inning, and Josh Tobias added a third run for Florida on Mike Zunino’s sacrifice fly in the fifth.
The best-of-three National Collegiate Athletic Association baseball championship games begin June 24.
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