A capsulized look at Game 13 of the College World Series, set for an 8 p.m. start on Friday.
>> Pitcher: RH DJ Baxendale (8-5, 3.07 ERA)
>> Top hitters: DH Joe Serrano (.348, 0 HRs, 7 RBIs), 3B Matt Reynolds (.323, 7 HRs, 43 RBIs), SS Tim Carver (.296, 2 HRs, 30 RBIs)
>> How the Razorbacks got here: After opening Bracket Two play with two wins, Arkansas couldn’t wrap up a trip to the championship series in losing 2-0 to South Carolina.
>> Trends: Arkansas relievers pitched 7.2 scoreless innings in the loss to the Gamecocks, extending their streak of shutout innings to 23.2. The last run the Arkansas bullpen allowed came on June 10 in the fifth inning of the second super-regional game against Baylor.
>> Arkansas will win if: The Razorbacks can crank the offense back up against South Carolina. Arkansas had hit .338 in their first four games against the Gamecocks before getting stymied on three hits in Thursday’s 2-0 loss.
SOUTH CAROLINA (48-18)
>> Pitcher: RH Colby Holmes (7-2, 2.90 ERA)
>> Top hitters: 1B Christian Walker (.319, 11 HRs, 54 RBIs), LF Tanner English (.304, 0 HR, 23 RBIs), CF Evan Marzilli (.290, 2 HRs, 31 RBIs)
>> How the Gamecocks got here: South Carolina became the first team to win twice in the same day at the CWS since 1952 to force the if-necessary game in Bracket Two. The Gamecocks handed Kent State a 4-1 loss Thursday, then beat Arkansas 2-0.
>> Trends: The Gamecocks showed off their dominant pitching in winning two games Thursday. South Carolina allowed just five hits in the two games, leaving teams hitting just .163 against the Gamecocks in nine NCAA tournament games. South Carolina has allowed just 46 hits and 14 runs in 84 innings of tournament play.
>> South Carolina will win if: The Gamecocks keep coming up with big plays and big pitches. South Carolina is hitting .237 and averaging 3.5 runs in Omaha, but their stellar pitching and defense have them on the brink of returning to the championship series.