Baseball is down to its final four at the College World Series in Omaha with Clemson and South Carolina battling for a spot in the championship series.
The Gamecocks beat the Tigers 5-1 on Friday night to force a deciding game in the double-elimination bracket. That win also evened the season series at 2-2.
Neither team has ever won a national championship in baseball, but both are no strangers to the College World Series. Clemson is making their 12th CWS appearance all time and 6th under skipper Jack Leggett. South Carolina is making their 9th CWS appearance all time and 4th under Ray Tanner.
This isn't the first time these two teams have met for a championship appearance. Back in 2002, Clemson needed just one win over South Carolina to advance, but got routed in two game sending the Gamecocks to the 2002 championship where they fell to Texas.
The winner of Saturday's game will face the winner of TCU-UCLA who are also in a deciding game.
Clemson leads the all time series with South Carolina 167-123-2
But I got a feeling South Carolina pulls this one off. They have the momentum from last night and postseason history on their side.
More Links of Interest:
Garnet and Black has an open thread for the game
Leftover Hot Dog has a piece up on how the small state of South Carolina has two teams in the final four of baseball. Wonder why the state of Georgia can't do better, well mainly Georgia Tech.
Shakin The Southland has your Clemson take on the battle
And my friends at The College Baseball Blog have a complete preview up