Unfortunately, Carolina came out on the short end of what was one of the great College World Series games of all-time.
The Arkansas Razorbacks scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the 14th inning to edge USC 1-0. It was little-known reserve second basemen Keith Kerns who was the hero for Arkansas. Kerns delivered a two-out single to knock home the winning run, ending the second-longest scoreless game in CWS history. Kerns came through after missing on a suicide squeeze bunt one pitch earlier. The runner from third was tagged out for the second out of the inning.
Gamecock pitcher Mike Cook was brilliant for eight shutout innings, allowing only three hits. But, in a bizarre twist, Cook had to be removed from the game starting the ninth because of a rare rule. Cook came in to pinch-hit for C Jeff Churchich in eighth, trying to help his own cause, but made an out. However, he was not allowed to take the mound in the ninth because of rule 7-2, which stated that a pitcher can only pinch-hit or pinch run for the DH in the lineup. An alert Arkansas coach caught it, and alerted the umpires. Even if he had gotten a hit, apparently he would’ve been ruled out.