Saturday, June 25, 2011

South Carolina Knocks Out Virginia In Extra Innings

South Carolina 3, VIRGINIA 2, 13 innings – Virginia’s dream of a baseball national championship came to a bitter and painful end at the hands of last year’s champions.  It took extra innings for the Gamecocks to send the Hoos back to Charlottesville after an error plagued finale.

Adam Matthews scored in the bottom of the 13th inning Friday night after Virginia reliever Cody Winiarski botched two throws while fielding bunts. 

The wild finish came after South Carolina closer Matt Price worked out of bases-loaded situations in the 10th, 12th and 13th innings.

The Gamecocks (53-14) will play Florida (53-17) in an all-Southeastern Conference best-of-three final beginning Monday. Virginia (56-12) was the No. 1 national seed.

South Carolina, which has won a record 14 straight NCAA tournament games, recorded its sixth walkoff victory of the season and second of this year’s College World Series. The Gamecocks won last year’s championship game against UCLA in walkoff fashion.

“That was a baseball game of just a lot of emotions, a lot of gut decisions, both teams taking chances at times,” Virginia coach Brian O’Connor said. “It’s unfortunate that we had to come out on the wrong end of it.”

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