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South Carolina vs UCLA 2010 College World Series Odds & Preview

by Reno Gold on Monday, June 28th, 2010

South Carolina vs UCLA 2010 College World Series Odds & Preview: The UCLA Bruins and University of South Carolina Gamecocks mens baseball teams will play a three game series beginning with Game 1, Monday (7:30 pm Eastern, ESPN) to determine the champion of the 2010 College World Series. This will be UCLA's first trip to the finals of the College World Series while the Gamecocks are making their fourth.

South Carolina vs UCLA 2010 College World Series Odds & PreviewFor Monday's series opener, UCLA is listed as -190 favorite on the BetUS.com moneyline with a 10 1/2-run game total. Gamecocks backers are getting +155 odds as the underdog.

South Carolina senior right-hander Blake Cooper will start for South Carolina. Cooper is 12-2 on the year with a 2.86 ERA with a team-high 129 innings pitched. He has 116 strikeouts to just 38 walks. In the postseason, Cooper owns a 2-1 record with a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings pitched. Cooper is taking the mound on only three days rest since his last start. He will go up against UCLA sophomore right-hander Gerrit Cole.

Sophomore right-hander Cole has gone 11-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 18 starts as a sophomore. He ranks second on UCLA's single-season strikeouts list and in the Pac-10 thi syear. Cole was named to the second-team All-America team by Collegiate Baseball.

UCLA advanced to the finals of the College World Series with a 10-3 victory over TCU in an elimination contest Saturday afternoon. The Bruins scored five runs in the first inning, and right-hander trevor Bauer (12-3) earned the win, striking out 13 batters while limiting TCU to three runs, two earned and four hits in eight innings.

South Carolina had to defeat its arch rival Clemson, which it did 4-3, to advance to the College World Series finals with UCLA. Consecutive two-out RBI singles from Christian Walker and Adrian Morales broke a 2-2 tie and freshman right-hander Matt Price came on in relief to earn his fourth win of the season as South Carolina got the win.

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