COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Defending national champion South Carolina
is heading back to the College World Series.
Christian Walker's home run in the eighth inning broke a 2-all
tie and the Gamecocks turned three straight inning-ending double
plays to defeat Connecticut 8-2 and sweep the NCAA Super Regional
on Sunday night.
South Carolina put the game away with a five-run ninth,
clinching its second consecutive trip to Omaha, Neb., and fifth
since 2002. It was the Gamecocks' 11th straight NCAA tournament
win, a streak that started last year at Rosenblatt Stadium in
The Huskies (45-20-1) led 2-0 entering the fourth and had
several chances to extend the lead but could not cash in against
South Carolina (50-14), stranding eight runners and closing the
fifth, sixth and seventh innings with double plays.
Gamecocks closer Matt Price got the final six outs for his 18th
save and third of the NCAA tournament.
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