Gamecock baseball takes first National Championship

By Chris Bilko

After what seemed like an eternity, the U. South Carolina Gamecocks are champs.

Whit Merrifield delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Scott Wingo to win the game 2-1. This marks the second NCAA Championship in school history, the first in the three major sports of baseball, basketball and football.

UCLA led for most of the game by one run until Bobby Haney forced an error on UCLA first baseman Trevor Brown, which scored Robert Beary.

With the game tied, freshman closer Matt Price came in the shut it down. He succeeded.

Price pitched like a maestro and kept the Gamecocks in the game through the extra innings. Wingo drew a walk in the eleventh, advanced to second on a past ball and the rest is history.

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