Throughout Carolina’s time in Omaha, each day’s post will be part of the Road to a Repeat series, as the Gamecocks look to win back-to-back national championships.
Before I recap the game, I’d just like to say that I’m not a superstitious person, but I wore the same shirt and shorts for every single game the team played in the NCAA Tournament and in Omaha. They went undefeated. Is there a correlation? Probably not. But I did it anyway.
Gamecocks celebrate with their 2011 CWS trophy and "Back2Back Champs" championship belt. (Photo courtesy of GoGamecocks)
Now for the important stuff…
The South Carolina Gamecocks are your 2011 College World Series Champions, taking the title for a second straight year. They closed down Rosenblatt, and they got the first championship title at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. That’s history, and it’s pretty darn special.
They didn’t have to be the comeback kids or take it past nine innings tonight as they beat the Florida Gators 5-2, going undefeated in Omaha (the last team to do that was Miami in 2001), and setting records for most consecutive NCAA Tournament wins with 16 and for most consecutive CWS wins with 11. The last team to win back-to-back titles was Oregon State in 2006 and 2007.
Carolina got on the board early, taking a 3-0 lead in the third, thanks to a Scott Wingo sacrifice, a Christian Walker single/Nolan Fontana error, and a Brady Thomas single. The Gators responded in the fourth with a home run from SEC Player of the Year Mike Zunino, who managed to break out of his slump tonight. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late for Zunino and the Gators.
The Gamecocks had a chance to break the game open in the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs, but Jake Williams struck out to end the inning. In the bottom of the sixth, though, Peter Mooney went yard, putting the Gamecocks up 4-1 and giving them their first homer in Omaha.
The Gators tacked on another run in the top of the eighth on an RBI from Josh Adams, but the Cocks had a little left in them, and put one more on the board in the bottom of the inning, thanks to an RBI off the bat of who else but Captain Clutch himself, Wingo (who has also been dubbed “OchoWingo” on twitter). Matt Price closed the game out, and Carolina dogpiled on the field as champions for the second year in a row.
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