Final in 11
South Carolina 2
7:30 PM ET, June 29, 2010
Merrifield's single in 11th beats UCLA, gives Gamecocks first-ever title
OMAHA, Neb. -- South Carolina provided a perfect send-off for Rosenblatt Stadium.Almost two weeks ago, Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner was soaking up the atmosphere during the opening ceremonies for the College World Series when he let his mind drift."It dawned on me, it would be wonderful to go deep into this thing and be around at the end," Tanner said. "I know the new stadium will be very special and a great facility."But this is history. And we'll be a part of the College World Series and Rosenblatt for a long, long time."They sure will, after Whit Merrifield's RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning gave South Carolina its first baseball national championship with a 2-1 victory over UCLA in the College World Series on Tuesday night.
Schlabach: Classic Farewell
Before the College World Series left Rosenblatt Stadium for good, the baseball gods scripted a fitting end before the curtain fell on a place that somehow became the mecca for aluminum bats and the NCAA's double-elimination tournament. Story
• After three previous second-place finishes, South Carolina claimed its first baseball title in the last CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium.
• Tuesday's game was the first extra-inning championship game since 1970 and Whit Merrifield's walk-off single was the first walk-off in a title game since 1996.
• South Carolina recorded four victories in the NCAA tournament when trailing after seven innings, including two games in Omaha.
• This was the first title for an East Coast team since 2001 (Miami) and was the sixth time in the last seven years that the champion was not a national (Top 8) seed.
|5th||N Gallego singled to center, T Brown scored.||1||0|
|8th||B Haney safe at first on error by first baseman D Espy, R Beary scored.||1||1|
|11th||W Merrifield singled to right, S Wingo scored.||1||2|
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|Weather:||80 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Gus Rodriguez, First Base - David Savage, Second Base - Mark Ditsworth, Third Base - Aj Lostaglio|