College World Series: South Carolina Gamecocks Beat UCLA Bruins

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College World Series: South Carolina Gamecocks Beat UCLA Bruins

South Carolina starting pitcher Blake Cooper. Image Via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

South Carolina starting pitcher Blake Cooper. Image Via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

When you only allow two runs in two games, it’s a safe bet that you’re going to win a lot of baseball games. And behind a stellar pitching performance, the South Carolina Gamecocks just won the biggest game of them all.

With a dramatic 2-1, 11-inning victory, South Carolina beat the UCLA Bruins two games to none in the best-of-three College World Series Championship.

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College World Series: Cooper, South Carolina Roll UCLA, One Win Away From CWS Title

The South Carolina Gamecocks don’t just look like they’re going to win the College World Series. They look like they’re going to do it in dominant fashion.carolina-gamecocks

The Gamecocks destroyed the UCLA Bruins 7-1 Monday night, behind ace Blake Cooper’s near no-hitter, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three match-up.

The Bruins never looked comfortable against Cooper, managing just a single hit in eight innings before Cooper tired in the ninth as his pitch count rose. Catcher Steve Rodriguez singled in the fifth inning, spoiling Cooper’s chances at immortality.

Save for that one hit, Cooper was flawless through the first eight frames. He entered the game with a 2.86 ERA and a .240 opponents batting average against, but UCLA probably wondered how those numbers got so high. Read the rest of this entry »



College World Series: UCLA and South Carolina in the Finals

UCLA's pitcher Trevor Bauer. Image Via: Crystal LoGiudice, US Presswire

UCLA's pitcher Trevor Bauer. Image Via: Crystal LoGiudice, US Presswire

The finals of the College World Series are set, and the two participants will be UCLA and South Carolina.

The Bruins plated five first-inning runs and never looked back, routing Texas Christian 10-3. Ben Dunlap stunned the Horned Frogs early, ripping a three-run home run into the left-field bleachers. Dunlap finished 3-for-5 on the day.

That support was more than enough for Bruin starter Trevor Bauer. Despite a heat index of 107 degrees, Bauer threw 84 of his 135 pitches for strikes and fanned 13. Although the Horned Frogs chipped away at the lead, closing to 6-3 on the second of Bryan Holaday’s two home runs, they never seriously threatened.

UCLA plated two runs in the sixth and seventh innings, ending any chance of another miracle TCU comeback. The Horned Frogs trailed Florida State 7-2 in a game earlier in the CWS, but came back to win.

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College World Series: Thomas Caps Gamecock Rally over Sooners

Brady Thomas ripped a single into center field to complete a stunning, 3-2 South Carolina comeback win over Oklahoma in the College World Series Thursday night.clemson

Tyler Ogle’s home run in the top of the 12th inning gave Oklahoma a 2-1 lead and threatened to end the Gamecocks‘ season.

Ogle blasted a 1-0 pitch the opposite way, barely clearing the left-centerfield wall. The home run was Oklahoma’s first hit since the sixth inning.

South Carolina got the lead-off runner on base in the 12th when Robert Beary singled, but Evan Marzilli struck out after failing to get a bunt down and after Beary stole second, Whit Merrifield popped out. Read the rest of this entry »



College World Series: TCU Slams Florida State, Clemson Holds Off Oklahoma

TCU's Matt Curry. Image Via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

TCU's Matt Curry. Image Via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

For seven innings, it looked like the Florida State Seminoles were going to survive an error-filled game that would have eliminated them from the College World Series.

In the eighth inning, they finally paid for their mistakes in a big way.

With the count full and two outs, Texas Christian’s Matt Curry blasted a grand slam over the center-field batters eye and turned a 7-5 deficit into a 9-7 lead. TCU won 11-7 and eliminated the ‘Noles from the CWS.

Florida State had jumped out to a 7-2 lead through five innings despite making four errors in that span. But when Jantzen Witte reached base on another error to open the eighth inning, it eventually cost FSU.

Down 7-4, Bryan Holaday doubled in a run to make it 7-5 and after a walk loaded the bases, Curry delivered.

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College World Series: Seminoles Hold Off Gator Rally, Bruins Win Behind Cole

UCLA's Gerrit Cole. Image via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

UCLA's Gerrit Cole. Image via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

The Florida State Seminoles used three home runs to jump on top of the rival Florida Gators in the College World Series yesterday, but were forced to withstand a late rally before winning 8-5.

Mike McGee struck the big blow on offense with a three-run home run in the third inning. Stephen Cardullo and Tyler Holt also hit home runs for the Seminoles.

But the Gators nearly made Florida State pay for leaving 11 runners on base when they staged a rally in the ninth. Preston Tucker ripped a bases-loaded double down the left field line to make it 8-5 and forcing the Seminoles to bring in McGee to try and close it out.

But McGee wasn’t quite as fortunate on the mound as he was with the bat and allowed a single and hit a batter to load the bases up again and bring Mike Zunino to the plate as the leading run. Zunino ripped a ball to Cardullo that, for a fraction of a second, looked like it might get into the gap. But Cardullo caught it, and doubled the runner off second, ending the fifth-ranked Gators’ season.

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