OMAHA, Neb. – The College World Series might have a new stadium in 2011. But it has the same champion.
Recreating the magic and mystique from a year ago, South Carolina is again college baseball’s national title-holder.
The Gamecocks on Tuesday rode a strong outing from ace Michael Roth, pitching on three days’ rest, and got timely hits to knock out SEC rival Florida, 5-2, in front of a record 26,721 fans at TD Ameritrade Park.
“We don’t have awesome talent,” USC coach Ray Tanner said. “We show up to play.”
South Carolina (55-14) took the series 2-0, just as it did a year ago against UCLA. It won four of five games this season against Florida (53-19).
The Gamecocks are the sixth team to repeat as national champions, the first since Oregon State in 2006-07. They finished a perfect 10-0 in the NCAA Tournament, becoming the first team to go undefeated since Miami in 2001. They have won 16 consecutive NCAA Tournament games, setting a record.
Roth went 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, to pick up his 14th win of the season. Closer Matt Price pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his 20th save of the year.
“We’re a bunch of average joes,” Roth said. “We just come to battle.”
On three days’ rest, ace Michael Roth gave up two runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings against a good offensive lineup, throwing 127 pitches. He was on the mound for both of USC’s title-clinching games.
South Carolina forced opponents into nine double plays in the College World Series. The Gators rolled into one in each game of the finals, including an important one Tuesday to end the fifth inning.
Down 3-1, Florida had two on and none out against Roth in the sixth. But the left-hander dug deep for a strikeout, a grounder to third and a grounder to second.
Celebrate the school’s second men’s national championship in more than 100 years of playing sports.