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College World Series - Game 14
By Phil Stanton
South Carolina will play for the national title
for the fourth time, looking for its first crown. The Gamecocks
were runner-up to Texas in 1975 and 2002 and to Arizona State in
This will mark the third straight year in which
an SEC team has played for the national championship. Georgia
fell to Fresno State in 2008, while LSU topped Texas in 2009.
This is the first time in 10 years that the SEC
and Pac-10 have met for the title. In 2000, LSU defeated
Stanford for the national crown.
South Carolina and UCLA have met one time. The
Bruins beat South Carolina 10-4 in 1972 in Riverside, Calif.
South Carolina outfielder Whit Merrifield
collided with second baseman Scott Wingo while both were chasing
a pop fly in shallow right field. Merrifield was down for a
while, bleeding from his nose and mouth. But he found a positive
side to it.
“I went to slide in,” Merrifield said, “and the
next thing I knew, my breath was gone. But I’m fine now, and
after the game I got to talk to Erin Andrews and she called me
pretty. So it wasn’t a total loss.”
The Gamecocks have played in all three one-run
games in this year’s College World Series and are 2-1 in those
contests. South Carolina is 8-7 in one-run games. Six of their
past seven games have been one-run affairs, going back to the
super regionals, and the Gamecocks are 5-1 in those six games.
Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hit streak to 21
games. He is hitting .421 (8 for 19) in the CWS with nine runs
and nine RBI. Bradley leads all players in runs and RBI.
Whit Merrifield singled in the first, doubled in
the third and hit his first triple in the fifth, coming a homer
short of the cycle. The last player to hit for the cycle in the
CWS was Jerry Kindall of Minnesota in 1956.
Clemson finished in a tie for third at the
College World Series, matching its best finish. The Tigers were
also third in 1996 and 2002.
Clemson has started 2-0 in Omaha in 2002 and
2010, but lost consecutive games to South Carolina both years to
end its season.
In four CWS games, the Tigers had 31 hits and 28