South Carolina Wins Fun Game 1 of the CWS Finals
South Carolina defeated the Florida Gators in Game 1 of the CWS finals last night by the score of 2-1. Gamecocks first baseman Christian Walker scored the game-winning run from 1rst base in the top of the 11th thanks to two throwing errors on the play by the Gators. Here is more from espn.com, followed by more blogging from Scott.
In a finish that looked a lot like their 13-inning win over Virginia on Friday, the Gamecocks (54-14) performed defensive magic late, throwing out two runners at home plate in the bottom of the ninth and another in the 10th.
Game 2 in the best-of-three finals is Tuesday night.
The Gamecocks won their 15th consecutive NCAA tournament game and 10th in a row in the CWS, both tied for the longest streaks all-time.
Walker, who fractured his left wrist in the win over Virginia, singled up the middle to start the 11th. Florida catcher Mike Zunino threw into center field as Walker stole second. Walker took off for third and was awarded home after Bryson Smith’s throw from the outfield bounced away from Cody Dent and into the stands.
Incredible would be a good word to describe Game 1 if you are a South Carolina fan. The Gamecocks have the look of a team with destiny on their side. How else do you explain the crazy finish? Well, to ask a question like that would discredit the Gamecocks. They made the plays when they had too. Their defense in the Bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded was as superb as it was “textbook baseball”.
Florida fans would have another word to describe Game 1. Blunder. If you are the best team in the country, you must score when you have the bases loaded with no outs. Florida also finished the game with three errors, with the last two costing them the game. Knowing their two throwing errors on the same play gave South Carolina the game-winning run will gnaw at the emotions of the Gator baseball team until first pitch tonight in Game 2.