The 2011 College World Series' Columbia Regional might've opened with a pair of surprises if not for a strong seven-inning, two-hit performance by South Carolina Gamecocks starter Matthew Roth. The Georgia Southern Eagles fell 2-1 to the defending champs, but the Atlantic Sun's Stetson Hatters sent the N.C. State Wolfpack to the loser's bracket with an 8-7 extra-innings victory, capped by a walk-off base hit from catcher Nick Rickles.
Round 2's marquee matchup: the Hatters and Cocks! Sports are so weird! For the Eagles, it's make or break time, as a loss on Saturday would end their 2011 season. If they can outlast the Pack, they'll get the loser of Stetson-Carolina on Sunday.