South Carolina Claims NCAA Championship; Diablos Dancing in Rain Once Again


POSTED: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 9:44pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 5:35pm

Tuesday, June 29:  South Carolina scored in the bottom of the 11th inning for a 2-1 victory over UCLA, winning the NCAA National Championship in the final night of Rosenblatt Stadium.  The Gamecocks (54-16) won six straight games after losing their CWS opener against Oklahoma to earn their first NCAA Men's National Title. They also won the last championship played at Rosenblatt Stadium, the CWS' home since 1950.  "I don't know how I feel," coach Ray Tanner said. "I've never been in this situation. I know one thing, I'm extremely proud of these guys and my coaches. It's unbelievable.  I'm off the ground right now."

It was the fifth championship decided in an extra-inning final, and first since Southern California topped Florida State -- also 2-1 -- in 15 innings in 1970.

To American Association Basebakk, El Paso used a three-run fourth inning to help propel itself past Fort Worth in a close game on the road. 2B Hector Bernal led the way for the Diablos offensively, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run. El Paso C Benji Johnson also had a good game at the plate, going 2-for-2 with three RBI and a homer of his own. Diablos starting pitcher Aaron Kalb allowed two unearned runs on six hits while striking out a pair in five innings to earn the win, his first of the season.

The game between El Paso and Fort Worth was suspended due to rain with the Diablos leading the Cats, 4-0, in the top of the third inning. The game will be completed Wednesday, June 30, beginning at 4:05 with the regularly scheduled game to follow 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.

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