South Carolina wins first College World Series title

The College World Series has been a tradition at Rosenblatt Stadium for the past 61 summers, and College World Series tickets will be a cherished memory after the Omaha gem saw its last game Tuesday night.
South Carolina came back with a run in the eight and scored on Whit Merrifeld's opposite-field single to right with one out in the 11th to give the Gamecocks a 2-1 win over UCLA and the 2010 College World Series title in front of a sellout crowd that was on hand to witness the last game at the old stadium.
Next year, the College World Series will be played at Omaha's new downtown stadium, TD Ameritrade Park, but it will be hard-pressed to have a finish quite like the one witnessed Tuesday.
The Bruins got the game's first run in the fifth when Niko Gallego stroked a two-out single to left field, scoring Trevor Brown, who led off the inning with a single.
South Carolina finally broke through in the eighth, taking advantage of an error when a tough-bounce grounder caromed off the glove of Dean Espy at first base, allowing Robert Beary to come around from second with the tying run.
UCLA had a chance to get the lead back and force a third game, but left the bases loaded in the top of the ninth as reliever Matt Price was able to get out of the jam. He allowed just one baserunner in the two extra innings, setting the stage for the Gamecocks' victory.
Scott Wingo led off the 11th with a walk, then moved to second on a passed ball. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Evan Marzilli, and UCLA chose to pitch to Merrifeld instead of walking him and tournament MVP Jackie Bradley Jr. to load the bases and set up a force at any base. Merrifeld came through with a single on a 2-0 pitch, bringing Wingo home with the winning run.
It was a great College World Series that saw a lot of incredible efforts. South Carolina won six straight games after losing their first-round matchup with Oklahoma. The Gamecocks and Bruins played just the third extra-inning championship game, and the first since Southern Cal beat Florida State 2-1 in a 15-inning thriller in 1970.
Next year, the College World Series moves to its new home at TD Ameritrade Park. You can get the best College World Series tickets at Ticket Express — where no College World Series game is ever sold out.

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