Rain drenched

OMAHA, Neb. -- South Carolina and Kent State will have to wait another night to play.

South Carolina and Kent State will have to wait another night to play the CWS elimination game that was scheduled for 8 ET Wednesday night at TD Ameritrade park.

Due to rain in the area, the game has been moved to noon ET Thursday and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

"Any time you put the uniform, you want to play," South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner said. "We got to the park around 4:15, 4:20 (CT) today, so you want to try to get the game in but sometimes you can't. It's too much rain out there."

The winner of the game will face Arkansas Thursday night with first pitch scheduled for 9 ET on ESPN2.

Tanner had originally announced freshman left-hander Jordan Montgomery would start on the mound for the Gamecocks. Tanner said Wednesday night that he and pitching coach Jerry Meyers would continue to discuss the decision.

"We'll go back and talk it over, but like I said (Tuesday), if we're going to be able to stay here and advance, Montgomery has got to pitch," Tanner said. "So, we've got to make a decision when we pitch him, whether we go ahead and go with Roth and if we're able to win, Montgomery's got to pitch, or we'll do it reverse, we'll see."

If South Carolina were to play two games Thursday, then Montgomery would start one and staff ace Michael Roth would start the other -- Tanner just wasn't sure as of Wednesday night which one would start against Kent State.

If the Gamecocks can win two on Thursday, it would force an if-necessary game against the Razorbacks Friday that would be scheduled for 9 ET on ESPN.

Florida State vs. Arizona is still scheduled for 5 ET with Arizona one game away from advancing to the CWS Finals in the other bracket and FSU needing a win to force an if-necessary game on Friday.

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