Published Sunday, June 17, 2012 AT 9:35 PM / Updated at 9:35 PM
On tap: Arkansas vs. South Carolina, game eight
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

A capsule look at the eighth game of the College World Series, set for an 8 p.m. start on Monday.

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ARKANSAS (45-20)
Pitcher: RH Ryne Stanek (7-4, 2.91 ERA)
Top hitters: DH Joe Serrano (.356, 0 HRs, 7 RBIs), 3B Matt Reynolds (.333, 7 HRs, 43 RBIs), SS Tim Carver (.300, 2 HRs, 30 RBIs)
How the Razorbacks got here: Jake Wise homered and had a career-high three RBIs, and Serrano went 3 for 3 in the 8-1 victory over Kent State in Arkansas’ CWS opener.
Trends: Serrano is swinging a red-hot bat in the tournament. The freshman from Tucson, Ariz., had split time during the season with left-handed-swinging Jacob Mahan and had played just two games in May. Serrano has played in six of the Razorbacks’ seven NCAA tournament games and is 10 for 17 (.588) to raise his average from .262 to .356.
Arkansas will win if: Stanek and the Arkansas bullpen continue to be up to the task. The Razorbacks are hitting just .229 and have averaged 3.7 runs in seven tournament games, but their pitchers have compiled a 1.86 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .218 batting average.

Pitcher: RH Colby Holmes (7-1, 2.80 ERA)
Top hitters: 1B Christian Walker (.318, 11 HRs, 54 RBIs), LF Tanner English (.311, 0 HRs, 22 RBIs), CF Evan Marzilli (.291, 2 HRs, 30 RBIs)
How the Gamecocks got here: South Carolina ran its winning streak in NCAA tournament play to 22 with its 7-3 win over Florida on Saturday.
Trends: Arkansas’ pitching staff has been stingy in the tournament, but South Carolina’s is even stingier. The Gamecocks have allowed 11 runs in its six wins for an ERA of 1.74. Opposing hitters are batting just .177 and have seven extra-base hits in the six games.
South Carolina will win if: The Gamecocks keep getting contributions from their complementary pieces. Chase Vergason and LB Dantzler, a couple of .268 hitters for the season, are hitting .412 and .391, respectively, in the tournament. That has helped overcome having Walker hit 78 percentage points less than his average for the season.

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