Championship Series Game
2 Recap: South Carolina 2, UCLA 1 (11)
Bradley Shines in Omaha
Roth, Price Dig Deep for Gamecocks
USC Looks Like Champion Now
and Game Stories
College World Series Capsules
Espy Forced to
Exit Early after Punching Bench
By Phil Stanton
(Photos by Craig Jackson)
UCLA first baseman Dean Espy committed an error
in the bottom of the eighth which allowed South Carolina to tie
the game at 1-1. He was so angry that at the end of the inning,
he fired his glove down and he punched the bench. He injured his
hand and was forced to leave the game.
“Espy got upset and hit his hand,” UCLA head
coach John Savage said. “The doctor was in the dugout, and we
had to take him out, a very unfortunate thing.”
2010 College World Series All-Tournament Team
C – Bryan Holaday, TCU
1B – Christian Walker, South Carolina
2B – Cody Regis, UCLA
3B – John Hinson, Clemson
SS – Taylor Featherston, TCU
OF – Jackie Bradley Jr., South Carolina
OF – Beau Amaral, UCLA
OF – Evan Marzilli, South Carolina
DH – Brady Thomas, South Carolina
P – Matt Purke, TCU
P – Trevor Bauer, UCLA
Most Outstanding Player – Jackie Bradley
Jr., South Carolina
The crowd of 24,390 was the largest of this
year’s College World Series. The total attendance of 330,922
ranks second all-time, trailing the 336,076 in 2009.
South Carolina gave the SEC its second
consecutive national title and eighth overall. LSU took the
crown a year ago against Texas. The Tigers also won in 1991, 93,
96, 97 and 2000. South Carolina is the third SEC program to win
the championship. Along with LSU, Georgia won the title in 1990.
South Carolina is the third team in CWS history
to win six games in a single College World Series, joining Holy
Cross in 1952 and Oregon State in 2006.
The Gamecocks are the 24th different team to win
at least one baseball title and are the fourth first-time winner
since 2003 (Rice, 2003; Oregon State, 2006, Fresno State, 2008).
Before the second game of the CWS Championship
Series, UCLA was 44-0 when leading after seven innings.
Prior to the game, Reese’s Candy Company made a
donation of $10,000 to Boys Town for home runs hit during the
College World Series. Their mascot for Reese’s Peanut Butter
Cups was in attendance as well. Following the presentation, the
South Carolina players called him over to their dugout.
Christian Walker greeted him with a huge hug.
South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner heard from
many coaches prior to the championship series.
“I had so many colleagues,” Tanner said, “coaches
in our conference and coaches I played against, sending texts
and emails wishing us well. It’s very sincere and genuine.”
Some former assistants said Sunday were there in
spirit with the Gamecocks.
Stuart Lake, former USC assistant under Tanner
and current head coach at Charleston Southern, said he would not
come out to the College World Series unless he was bringing his
team to compete.
Liberty head coach Jim Toman, another Tanner
disciple, said he was not coming to Omaha because he did not
want to jinx the Gamecocks.
by Sean Ryan