OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kent State and two-time defending national champion South Carolina will meet Thursday morning after rain postponed their College World Series elimination game Wednesday night.
The winner will have to play a second game Thursday night against well-rested Arkansas.
"Well, that's what happens when you get in the losers' bracket," Kent State coach Scott Stricklin said. "That's why you always say you should stay in the winners' bracket, so you don't have to worry about things like that.
"It's not going to be easy certainly to beat two SEC teams in one day. That's a great story if it happens. We have to worry about South Carolina first. If we win, we'll go home, take a nap and see if we can get back at Arkansas."
A line of showers moved into the Omaha area about an hour before Wednesday's game was scheduled to start. Radar indicated squalls would move through the area until late in the evening.
It probably would have been 10:30 local time before the game could have started. NCAA officials believed it would have been unfair to have Kent State (47-19) and South Carolina (46-18) start so late and then have the winner come back to play again Thursday night.
First pitch Thursday will be at 12:08 p.m. EDT.
Arizona (45-17) against Florida State (50-16) will follow at 5:08 p.m., with the Wildcats advancing to the championship round if they win. An FSU win would force another game Friday between teams to determine which one goes to the best-of-three finals.