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College World Series

June 30, 2011

Congratulations to the Gamecocks!  The only game I was able to see was the first game between South Carolina and Florida.  And what a game that was!  This is the kind of game I love.  Great defense, small ball, strategy and guts.

Christian Walker started the game after breaking his wrist in the last game.  He finished his day 2 for 5 with a run scored.  In the 11th inning.  He stole 2nd base, went to 3rd on a throwing error and scored on another throwing error.  I cannot imaging sliding with a broken wrist.  He did it twice on that play.

Of course, that play doesn’t happen without some incredible defense in the 9th and 10th innings.  In the bottom of the 9th, Florida loaded the bases with nobody out.  South Carolina brought the infield in to cut the runner down at the plate.  Tyler Thompson hit a soft ground ball to second baseman Scott Wingo, who threw home to catcher Robert Beary (who, by the way, made a great snag on that throw).  That left the bases loaded with 1 out.  Daniel Pigott hit another soft grounder to Wingo, who again threw home.  This time, Beary had enough time to throw to first to complete the double play.

In the 10th, Cody Dent led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice.  With 2 outs, Mike Zunino hit what looked like a game winning hit to left.  Left fielder Jake Williams came up throwing, getting the ball to Beary in time for the out.

I only wish the winning run didn’t score because of an error or two.

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