It was only on three days rest, but Gamecocks starting pitcher Michael Roth threw 127 pitches in 7.2 innings of work and helped carried the team to a second straight national championship.
Reliever John Taylor came in for South Carolina with one out left in the eighth inning, but never really had great control through the entire finals series. He was taken out after just two pitches and giving up one hit. Clutch closer Matt Price retired the last four batters.
The bulk of the damage for Florida starting pitcher Karsten Whitson happened in the bottom of the third. Scott Wingo hit a sacrifice RBI and got Peter Mooney in for the first run of the game. Another fielding error for Florida, committed by shortstop Nolan Fontana, led to another run getting in. Brady Thomas hit a single and got the third and final run in for the Gamecocks. Both runs at the end were unearned.
Wingo got another RBI in for insurance in the bottom of the eighth, solidifying the final score of 5-2.
No one could really figure out how to attack Roth except Mike Zunino, who hit a double and a home run off of him. Unlike last game, Florida did not have as many chances to score. They left seven batters on base.
A shining part of the game for the Gators was the bullpen. Five pitchers were used and only two hits and two earned runs were given up.
Unfortunately, the damage done in third inning was all that the Gamecocks needed to bring the title back to South Carolina once again.