South Carolina 7
7:30 PM ET, June 28, 2010
Cooper registers 10 K's as South Carolina wins Game 1 of CWS finals
OMAHA, Neb. -- The College World Series is no time for rest, not when you're trying to win your school's first national championship in baseball.South Carolina's Blake Cooper wanted the ball for Game 1 of the CWS finals, even if it meant a second straight start off just three days' rest. Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner hesitated at first, but ended up glad he let his senior right-hander talk him into it.Cooper allowed three hits in eight-plus innings and Bobby Haney drove in a career-high three runs, moving the Gamecocks within a win of the title with a 7-1 victory over UCLA on Monday night."I certainly wanted to pitch him today," Tanner said. "But I encouraged him to take another day, if he felt that it would be in his best interests."Cooper shook his coach off."I really didn't think another day was going to matter at this point," he said.Cooper struck out 10 and carried a one-hitter into the ninth before running into trouble. South Carolina fans cheered a drawn-out "COOOOOP" as he left after 136 pitches and the bases loaded with no outs in the ninth. Reliever John Taylor finished, but not before the Bruins broke up the shutout when Cody Regis scored on a double-play grounder.
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Pitching on three days' rest, Blake Cooper turned in one of the all-time great pitching performances against UCLA as South Carolina cruised to a Game 1 win, leaving the Gamecocks one win away from their first-ever national championship, writes Mark Schlabach. Story
• Pitching on three days' rest, South Carolina's Blake Cooper gave up just three hits while striking out 10 over eight innings to pick up the win.
• The Gamecocks are one more victory away from collecting the school's second ever NCAA team title. UCLA has 106 titles.
• Bruins ace Gerrit Cole struggled, allowing career highs in hits (11) and runs (6) and striking out just two batters after whiffing 13 in his previous CWS start.
• After dropping its CWS opener, South Carolina has won five straight games in Omaha.
|1st||B Thomas singled to shallow left, J Bradley Jr. scored, C Walker to second.||1||0|
|1st||A Morales safe at first on error by second baseman C Regis, C Walker scored, B Thomas to third.||2||0|
|2nd||E Marzilli singled to right, S Wingo scored.||3||0|
|3rd||B Haney singled to right, B Thomas and A Morales scored.||5||0|
|5th||B Haney hit sacrifice fly to left, A Morales scored.||6||0|
|8th||W Merrifield singled to center, S Wingo scored, E Marzilli to second.||7||0|
|9th||T Brown grounded into double play, second to shortstop to first, C Regis scored, J Gelalich out at second, M Navarro to third.||7||1|
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|Weather:||85 degrees, clear|
|Wind:||15 mph, in from left|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Aj Lostaglio, First Base - Paul Guillie, Second Base - Kelly Gonzales, Third Base - Mark Ditsworth|