South Carolina wins first game of College World Series finals

South Carolina got to Gerrit Cole early and took the first game of the 2010 College World Series Monday, making the second game a win-or-else proposition for UCLA and a must-see event for those wanting to pick up College World Series tickets for the final series at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The Gamecocks took advantage of a couple of UCLA miscues early in the game to stake pitcher Blake Cooper to a quick 5-0 lead, and South Carolina went on to take the first game 7-1, giving them a one-game lead heading into Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. matchup.
Cooper was masterful while pitching on three days' rest. He held UCLA hitless until the sixth, when he gave up his first hit. He allowed just three for the night, two coming in the ninth inning, and struck out 10 to silence the Bruins' bats.
South Carolina scored two early runs off Cole, who had struck out 13 batters in his last start against TCU last week. He struck out only two in seven innings Monday and seemed to be in trouble from the beginning.
The Gamecocks used a couple of seeing-eye basehits and the first of two UCLA errors to score two runs in the first inning. After Scott Wingo tripled and scored in the second, South Carolina got two more runs off two hits and an error to make it 5-0, and Cooper took it from there to lead South Carolina to its fifth straight win in Omaha and putting the Gamecocks one win away from their first-ever College World Series title.
The two teams will do it again Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. UCLA must win Tuesday's game to force a third and deciding game. If that game is needed, it will be played Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
This could be the final College World Series game at Rosenblatt Stadium, so don't miss out on a great chance to see two teams battle it out for a national championship. Get your College World Series tickets now at Ticket Express — where no College World Series game is ever sold out.

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