Final

Florida 2

South Carolina 5

Coverage: ESPN

8:00 PM ET, June 28, 2011

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W:M. Roth
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SV:M. Price

Record-setting S. Carolina sweeps Florida, wins 2nd straight national title

Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. -- South Carolina finished the first College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park the same way it did the last one at Rosenblatt Stadium.

The Gamecocks are national champions again.

Michael Roth pitched 7 2/3 innings on three days' rest and the Gamecocks were in control throughout a 5-2 win over Florida on Tuesday night that completed a two-game sweep in the CWS finals.

"Beginning of the year I said we finished at the old one, so let's try to open the new one up," said second baseman Scott Wingo, voted the CWS' Most Outstanding Player. "Coach wasn't sure we would get it, but I'm the type of guy who felt we were going to do it. I was thinking of the Oregon State team the whole year. I had a feeling we would get back and win this thing, and we did."

South Carolina (55-14) became the first team to ever go 10-0 in an NCAA tournament and the first since Oregon State in 2007 to go unbeaten in a CWS.

The Gamecocks' streaks of 16 NCAA tournament wins and 11 straight in the CWS are both the longest all-time.

They became the sixth team to win consecutive national titles and first since Oregon State in 2006-07.

"We're not the most talented team, and we don't have the best players position for position," Roth said, "but we go out and stick together as a team. We battle. I can't describe it. We're a bunch of average Joes and love each other and come out and battle."

Peter Mooney doubled to start a three-run third inning in the matchup of Southeastern Conference rivals and hit the Gamecocks' first home run of the CWS in the sixth.

After giving up four runs in the first inning of their opener against Texas A&M, the Gamecocks allowed just six in their other 50 innings here.

"They earned this one," Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "They were a little bit better than us in all phases. They pitched a little bit better. They hit a little bit better. They played a little bit better defense and they earned it."

Three of the Gamecocks' first four wins here came in their last at-bat and included incredible pitching and defensive performances in the late innings.

No drama was necessary Tuesday.

"You have to be a little lucky to win this game," Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner said. "We were living a charmed life."

Wingo had the winning hit in the bottom of the ninth against Texas A&M and made two great plays to keep Florida (53-19) from scoring late in the game Monday. He batted .333 and drove in four runs.

Carolina On My Mind

South Carolina set a few records with its win Tuesday, including becoming the first team since the best-of-three finals was added in 2003 to finish with a perfect tournament record.

Most Consecutive Wins
College World Series
School Wins Years
South Carolina 11 2010-11
LSU 10 1996-98
USC 10 1972-74
Arizona State 9 1969-72
Most Consecutive Wins
NCAA Baseball Tournament
School Wins Years
South Carolina 16 2010-11
Texas 15 1983-84
LSU 13 1997-98
USC 13 1972-74

-- Source: ESPN Stats and Info

"He's been so valuable to this program," Tanner said. "He loves this program. He has fun. That's how you have to play this game."

Roth (14-3), who pitched seven innings against Virginia on Friday, gave up five hits and two runs before leaving in the eighth. He started last year's national championship game but didn't get the decision.

"Mike has the biggest heart of anyone I've seen on the field," said South Carolina's Christian Walker, who played the last two games with a broken left wrist. "You want him out there even if he's not 100 percent."

Among pitchers who have worked 30 innings at the CWS, Roth's 1.17 ERA over 38 1/3 innings the past two years ranks second all-time behind Ohio State's Steve Arlin, who had a 0.96 ERA over 47 innings in 1965-66.

Roth came in with a 0.98 ERA for the season and held Florida without a run after it got leadoff men on base in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Roth left with two outs the next inning after giving up a double to Mike Zunino, who later scored on Josh Adams' single off John Taylor.

Matt Price worked 1 1/3 innings for his 20th save.

Florida starter Karsten Whitson (8-1) came out strong, mixing in his mid-90s fastball to strike out three of the first six batters.

But South Carolina scored three runs in the third after Mooney's leadoff double into the left-field corner. Whitson, a freshman who was the No. 9 overall draft pick by the San Diego Padres in 2010, left with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth.

"I just think I started nibbling a little bit and pitched behind the count, walked a couple of guys, hit a few," Whitson said. "It wasn't very good execution on my part. Just tried to keep my team in the game as best as possible."

The Gators made it a two-run game when Zunino hit Roth's 84-mph slider into the seats in left for his 19th homer of the season -- and first off Roth since April 22.

That was small consolation to Zunino.

"I'm just trying to do everything I can so I can play more games with my boys," he said. "It's just an empty feeling. You stick with these guys a whole year, two, three years sometimes, and you just grow close. And when you can't achieve that goal you just go after it, you just feel empty."

For all the great memories left behind at Rosenblatt, the Gamecocks already have created a bunch at the new stadium.

There was Wingo's bases-loaded single to beat Texas A&M in the bottom of the ninth in their opener.

There was Price getting out of bases-loaded situations three times against Virginia on Friday before two errant throws on bunts produced the winning run.

And then there was Wingo throwing out runners at home from second base with bases loaded in the ninth and 10th innings and left fielder Jake Williams nailing Cody Dent at the plate in the 11th before Walker scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning on two Florida throwing errors.

"Just the fact we can stay loose in situations like this," Walker said. "These guys have an unbelievable amount of love for each other."


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Game Information

Game Time: 3:21
Weather: 79 degrees, sunny
Wind: 12 mph
Umpires: Home Plate - Tony Walsh, First Base - Randy Wetzel, Second Base - Scott Erby, Third Base - Travis Katzenmeier