South Carolina Repeats As College World Series Champs
South Carolina clinched its second straight national championship at this year’s College World Series. Michael Roth pitched 7 2-3 innings on three days rest and the Gamecocks were in control throughout a 5-2 victory over Florida that completed a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals. South Carolina (55-14) became the first team to ever go 10-0 in an NCAA tournament and the first since Oregon State in 2007 to go unbeaten in a College World Series. The Gamecocks streaks of 16 NCAA tournament wins and 11 straight in the College World Series are both the longest all-time.
South Carolina has the distinction of winning the last College World Series played at Rosenblatt Stadium and the first at TD Ameritrade Park. They became the sixth team to win consecutive national titles and first since Oregon State in 2006-07.
After giving up four runs in the first inning of their opener against Texas A&M, the Gamecocks allowed just six in their other 50 innings. Three of the Gamecocks first four wins came in their last at-bat and included incredible pitching and defensive performances in the late innings.
South Carolina second baseman Scott Wingo was named Most Outstanding Player and sported a back-to-back championship belt after the victory. He had the winning hit in the bottom of the ninth against Texas A&M and made two great plays at second base to keep Florida from scoring late in the game Monday.
Roth made news earlier in the College World Series, when news went public that his father at quit his job to watch him pitch in Ohama. He rewarded his father by pitching holding Florida without a run after it got leadoff men on base in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.