South Carolina Gamecocks Win College World Series

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIJune 30, 2011

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28:  (L-R) Brady Thomas #36, Michael Roth #29 and Scott Wingo #8 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with the trophy after winning the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 28, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Gamecocks defeated the Florida Gators 5-2 and won the series 2-0.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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I just wanted to congratulate the University of South Carolina baseball team for winning their second consecutive College World Series. They beat the Florida Gators 5-2 last night to sweep the best-of-three championship series.

It doesn’t matter what level of baseball you are playing, winning back-to-back championships isn’t an easy feat. Not only did the Gamecocks repeat, but they did it in dominating fashion.

The Gamecocks won their 16th consecutive NCAA tournament game Tuesday night, breaking the all-time record of 15 shared with the University of Texas from 1983 and 1984. On top of that, with Tuesday night’s win, South Carolina has won 11 straight CWS games dating back to last season.

The Gamecocks broke the mark of 10 consecutive CWS wins they shared with both USC (1972-74) and LSU (1996-98).

I had the opportunity to watch South Carolina throughout this College World Series and they were the most fundamentally sound team I have seen in the past 15 seasons. They make all the plays and they run the bases exceptionally well.

And one more thing: Their pitching is solid from top to bottom.

Major kudos to Michael Roth. The lefty doesn’t throw hard at all, but man, can that guy move the ball around the plate. He had the Gators completely befuddled all night.

Again, congratulations to the Gamecocks.

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