OMAHA, Neb. — Whit Merrifield’s RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning gave South Carolina its first baseball national championship with a 2-1 victory over UCLA in the College World Series on Tuesday night.
The Gamecocks (54-16) won six straight games after losing their CWS opener against Oklahoma. 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.”
Scott Wingo drew a leadoff walk and took second when catcher Steve Rodriguez let an inside 1-0 pitch get past him. Wingo moved to third when Evan Marzilli got a bunt down, and scored when Merrifield drilled a 2-0 pitch by Dan Klein past the pulled-in outfield of the Bruins (51-17) and into right field.
Matt Price (5-1) got the win for the Gamecocks, who also went to the CWS finals in 1975, ’77 and 2002, but came up short.
Klein (6-1) took the loss after working 3