South Carolina celebrates their second consecutive College World Series title.
words // Nick Engvall
If last year’s South Carolina CWS victory was out with the old, in with the new, then this year’s second consecutive College World Series title means that the Gamecocks are college baseball powerhouses now, right?
Maybe consider that the South Carolina Gamecocks became only the 6th team in history to win back to back College World Series titles. Impressive, but that doesn’t even scratch the surface for this school’s building legacy. The Gamecocks victory over the Florida Gators in Omaha last night gives them 11 straight victories in College World Series play, a new all-time record, one that could potentially continue next year. Yesterday’s victory also gives them 16 straight wins in NCAA Tournament games, also a record that has the potential to continue.
South Carolina was carried by Michael Roth who pitched 7 2/3 innings on just three days’ rest. Roth finishes the season with a record of 14-3 and his College World Series ERA over 5 starts was just 1.17. Roth’s performance earned him the victory in the championship game, an achievement the college junior wasn’t quite able to accomplish despite starting last year’s title game for South Carolina. It worked out for the better however, as Michael’s father,whose work kept him from last year’s CWS, was able to attend this year’s College World Series.
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Michael Roth delivers wearing a Rawlings baseball glove.
Florida’s Karsten Whitson wearing Nike baseball cleats.
Mike Zunino wearing Easton catcher’s equipment.
A look at Whitson’s Easton baseball glove.
What’s a College World Series title victory without a dog pile?