Florida, South Carolina Earn Berths in CWS Final
In two exciting games on Friday, both Florida and South Carolina had late inning heroics to propel their teams to the best-of-three championship series beginning Monday at TDAmeritrade Park in Omaha, NE. You can read the whole stories on espn.com here and here.
After turning double plays in the 12th and 13th innings, South Carolina took advantage of two Virginia fielding miscues in the bottom of the 13th to lead the Gamecocks past top-seed Virginia 3-2.
Virginia reliever Cody Winiarski make wild throws on two consecutive bunts in the bottom of the 13th, allowing Alan Matthews to score the winning run. The win was the 14th consective postseason win for South Carolina, setting a new NCAA postseason record.
South Carolina closer Matt Price worked out of bases loaded jams three times in extra innings to get the win.
Meanwhile, Florida held off a game Vanderbilt squad 6-4 to get through their bracket unbeaten.
The Gators jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, and increased the lead to 4-1 before the Commodores, making their first ever trip to the CWS, scored twice in the seventh and once in the eighth to tie it at 4. Vandy had the bases loaded with one out after tying the game, but failed to take the lead.
Florida retaliated in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Preston Tucker and a wild pitch.
Florida was ranked #1 in the preseason. South Carolina is the defending champion.
The championship series begins Monday on ESPN.