June 21, 2011
Firsts are key for USC
South Carolina Stops Virginia
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
OMAHA, Neb. –
South Carolina jumped on top with three runs in the first inning
and continued to build on its lead in posting a 7-1 win over No.
1 national seed Virginia in the late game of the College World
Series on Tuesday night under hazy skies.
Christian Walker (right) got things started with two outs when he
reached on a throwing error by Cavaliers third baseman Steven Proscia, and Jackie Bradley Jr. promptly chased him home with a
double into the right-center gap.
Morales sent a high-chopping single over first baseman Jared
King to score Bradley Jr., and advanced to second on the second
throwing error of the inning by Virginia (55-11). Designated
hitter Brady Thomas’ double to the center-field wall capped the
first inning, giving the Gamecocks (52-14) seven first-inning
runs in their first two CWS games.
just felt like I didn’t have it the whole night but give credit
to their hitters,” Virginia starter Will Roberts said. “They
were very aggressive, and they made me pay for every mistake.”
starter Colby Holmes combined with reliever John Taylor to
stymie the Cavaliers offense, allowing just one run over 8.2
innings before closer Matt Price came in to get the final out.
we fell down three runs in the first, I thought our offensive
approach was passive,” Virginia coach Brian O’Connor said. “We
continued to battle, and we had some opportunities but just
couldn’t get the big hits when we needed them.
can count on one hand the number of times that we have been in
this position, and it is not indicative of how we have played
this season. This is a veteran group that understands what is at
stake, and we look forward to showing what we can do on Thursday
exited with 4.1 innings under his belt. He allowed four hits,
one run and walked just one. Taylor was even more impressive in
his 4.1 innings. He was touched for only one hit, no walks and
did not allow a run.
thought we played one of our better games tonight,” Gamecocks
coach Ray Tanner said. “We had outstanding pitching, hit the
ball well and played great defense against the No. 1 team in the
"Overall, I think we played about as well as we possibly can."
Morales led the way for the Gamecocks with three hits, two runs
and an RBI.
added two hits, two RBI and a run, and Bradley, Jr., (left) contributed
two hits, an RBI and a run.
players who had only one hit between them almost stole the show.
Shortstop Peter Mooney and second baseman Scott Wingo turned in
several outstanding plays in the middle of the diamond that were
Major League caliber to thwart potential Virginia rallies. A
near-double play featured Wingo backhanding a ball up the
middle, flipping to Mooney, who spun and fired to first.
Carolina now gets the opportunity to relax and enjoy the sights
until it plays again Friday night.
Cavaliers will take on Cal on Thursday night at 6 local time in
an elimination game.