South Carolina opens the College World Series finals against Arizona on Sunday night trying to become the first school in 40 years to win three straight national championships.
Sophomore right-hander Forrest Koumas (2-2) will start for South Carolina (49-18). Sophomore right-hander Konner Wade (10-3) will start for Arizona (46-17).
Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner says his team is pretty good but isn't the 1927 Yankees. He adds that it takes some luck to reach the finals three years in a row.
The Gamecocks had to replace five regulars from the team that beat Florida in last year's finals. The last school to win at least three titles in a row was Southern California in the 1970s.
Arizona this season is batting .330 and averaging seven runs a game.