One team is back to the finals for the first time since they won it in 1986 and the other team is looking to join SoCal as the next team to win 3 straight. One has made easy work of all 3 of their opponents to get to the finals and the other has struggled in close games all week. One team will be in the pile on the mound and one team will be watching. Here we go.
South Carolina (4-1) vs. Arizona (3-0)
Just The Stats Ma’am!
Batting Average: .229 vs. .277 Advantage: Arizona
Runs Scored Per Game: 3.4 vs. 6.0 Advantage: Arizona
On-Base %: .335 vs. .354 Advantage: Arizona
ERA: 1.60 vs. 1.20 Advantage: Arizona
Intangibles: Advantage: South Carolina
Just looking at these 2 teams on paper will give the series to the Wildcats but it won’t play out that way. Arizona has a decided advantage in pitching now because of their ability to rest their pitchers since Thursday. They have set up their rotation and South Carolina will not have that luxury. But there is a reason that Arizona coach Andy Lopez calls this the Ray Tanner invitational. Because Coach Tanner and South Carolina have done this before. They only returned 3 everyday players from last years team but they are back. They are not an offensive powerhouse but all they do is score 1 more run than you. They are going to rely on their defense and their bullpen to get them wins.
Champion: South Carolina in 3 games.
I think that South Carolina will be able to keep Arizona from blowing up the scoreboard and keep these games close and in a close game I am taking the Gamecocks.