Out with the old, and in with the new. That’s how the saying goes and that’s exactly what happened in this year’s College World Series.
The South Carolina Gamecocks men’s baseball team won their first ever national title for the school, and as they celebrated their incredible feat, fans of college baseball, and more specifically the fans in Omaha, say goodbye to the stadium the at has been home to the College World Series for the last sixty years. Rosenblatt Stadium has been home to the College Wolrd Series since 1940, but next year the series will move into TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, where the NCAA has signed a deal to keep it until 2035.
The Gamecocks path to the title illustrates their determination beautifully. It began with a loss in their opening game of the tournament, which may have gotten most teams down. South Carolina went on to win every game thereafter, despite being an underdog in most, and nearly being knocked out of the tournament against Oklahoma, where with two outs and two strikes, a single from Jackie Bradley Jr. kept their hopes of a title alive.
When the Gamecocks reached the championship series, their pitching was dominant. After Blake Cooper dominated in game 1, it was a handful of pitchers that held the UCLA Bruins to just one run over 11 innings in game 2. It was Matt Price who went 2 2/3 innings striking out 3 to get the win.
The Gamecocks’ Whit Merrifield singled in the game winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to end a 1-1 tie and give South Carolina their only second national title in school history, the first came in 2002 in Women’s Track and Field.
While winning a the school’s first major sports national title is unbelievable, Price said it best about winning the last game at Rosenblatt Stadium, “To be the last team to win it here, that’s amazing.”
2010 College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium
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