South Carolina is no stranger to late-inning drama at the College World Series, but Monday night Gamecocks managed to bring home a title without extra innings or a game-winning hit.
Michael Roth pitched 7 2/3 innings on three days' rest and South Carolina became the first team to ever go 10-0 in an NCAA baseball tournament with a 5-2 victory over Florida to claim a second straight College World Series championship.
The Gamecocks plated three runs on Florida starter Karsten Whitson in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly from second baseman Scott Wingo, an error and an RBI infield single from Brady Thomas. The Gators got one back in the fourth, but South Carolina gave Roth all the run support he would need as he allowed just two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six.
Wingo, whose defensive heroics in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 allowed the Gamecocks to win it in extra innings, was voted most outstanding player of the series.
After allowing four runs in the first inning of their College World Series opener against Texas A&M, the Gamecocks allowed only six in 50 innings the rest of the way. South Carolina is the sixth team to win back-to-back championships and the first since Oregon State in 2006-07.
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