South Carolina 4
7:00 PM ET, June 26, 2010
Walker's homer, single help Gamecocks tame Tigers
OMAHA, Neb. -- When it comes to in-state rival Clemson, South Carolina considers any win over the Tigers to be a great win.This one was greater yet.South Carolina beat the Tigers for the second night in a row Saturday, staving off elimination from the College World Series a fourth straight time with a 4-3 victory that sends the Gamecocks to the best-of-three finals against UCLA starting Monday. Christian Walker homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for South Carolina, and he made a big defensive play at first base to end the game."A couple days ago we were down to one strike and planning a trip home," Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner said. "Now we're going to have a chance to play for a national championship. That's incredible. It's a never-say-die team."
Bennett: Gamecocks Fight On
The Gamecocks faced elimination four times as well as several other trial and tribulations to make it to the title series, writes ESPN.com's Brian Bennett. Blog
• In a copycat performance from the 2002 CWS, South Carolina takes two straight from Clemson to knock the Tigers out and advance to the finals.
• South Carolina is 0-3 all-time in the championship, tied with Florida State for the worst record by any school.
• Clemson went 0-11 with runners in scoring position in their two losses.
• The Tigers are 6-11 in one-run games this season.
• Clemson has made 12 CWS appearances without a title, second only to Florida State's 20.
|1st||C Walker grounded into double play, second to shortstop to first, E Marzilli scored, J Bradley Jr. out at second, W Merrifield to third.||0||1|
|3rd||J Schaus grounded into fielder's choice to second, W Lamb scored, M Freeman out at second.||1||1|
|4th||C Walker homered to left.||1||2|
|7th||M Freeman grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, W Lamb out at second, C Epps to third, C Epps scored on throwing error by second baseman S Wingo.||2||2|
|7th||C Walker singled to center, E Marzilli scored, J Bradley Jr. to second.||2||3|
|7th||A Morales singled to right, J Bradley Jr. scored, C Walker to third.||2||4|
|8th||B Miller grounded out to second, J Hinson scored.||3||4|
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|Weather:||93 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Kelly Gonzales, First Base - David Savage, Second Base - Aj Lostaglio, Third Base - Paul Guillie|