Ryne Stanek pitched six strong innings, and Arkansas defeated two-time defending champion South Carolina 2-1 in a College World Series winners' bracket game Monday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
South Carolina (46-18) had its 22-game winning streak in NCAA Tournament games snapped. The Gamecocks, who had won 12 straight games in Omaha, will face Kent State in a Wednesday elimination game.
Arkansas (46-20) is 2-0 in the CWS and will have two days off. The Razorbacks are a victory away from advancing to the best-of-three championship series.
Stanek limited South Carolina to one run on three hits and threw 92 pitches for the victory. Barrett Astin pitched the final three innings for the save, allowing one hit.
Arkansas had its leadoff man on base in each of the first four innings, and scored him in the first and fourth innings for a 2-0 lead.
Tim Carver led off the first inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Dominic Ficociello's two-out double to left-center field.
Brian Anderson drew a walk to start the fourth, and he took second base on a delayed steal with two outs. He scored on Matt Vinson's single to right field.
Evan Marzilli's two-out RBI triple scored Chase Vergason for South Carolina's only run in the fifth inning.
South Carolina reliever Tyler Webb pitched the final 5 1/3 innings, holding Arkansas scoreless on two hits.