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The University of Florida and South Carolina are no strangers to each other in baseball when meeting on a big stage with high stakes. In fact, they met just a year ago in the College World Series championship series where the Gamecocks Swept the Gators to win the national championship.
As they get set for their opening game in the 2012 College World Series, they will meet right where they left off as the top-seeded Gators face the No. 8 seed Gamecocks in Omaha on Saturday night.
It is quite fitting that these two will meet on Saturday in their opening games. There is such a large amount of respect between these two as they represent the Southeastern Conference in this year’s college baseball postseason’s biggest stage.
During the regular season this year, four times these two met. The Gamecocks took the opener but it has been all Gators since including Florida’s most recent win over South Carolina in the conference tournament. But Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan has shied away from bringing up what happened a year ago.
“I don’t want to put pressure on our players,” O’Sullivan said. “I don’t want to talk about last year. Last year was last year. We got beat fair and square. It’s as simple as that. Only one team is going to win, and obviously they earned it.”
The Gamecocks lone win over the Gators this season came with Michael Roth on the mound and he will get the start on Saturday as well. He allowed just one earned run in 6 2/3 innings of work. Also, he has been perfect in the postseason during his career and hasn’t lost with a 6-0 overall record.
As for the Gators, they will send Brian Johnson to the mound who is two-time winner over South Carolina this season.
Bovada Sportsbook has fielded their Florida vs South Carolina Betting Lines and have tagged the Gators as the betting favorite with a moneyline set at -190. The Gamecocks have their line set at +165.
The Florida vs South Carolina game is set for 9:00 pm ET and can be seen live on ESPN.