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Gamecocks win 2-1 in 11 innings

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- 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.

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AP photo UCLA's Rob Rasmussen delivers a pitch against South Carolina in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the best-of-three College World Series baseball finals in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday night.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- 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.

Scott Wingo drew a leadoff walk and took second when catcher Steve Rodriguez, perhaps distracted when Evan Marzilli squared to bunt, let an inside 1-0 pitch get past him. Wingo moved to third when Marzilli got a bunt down, and scored when Merrifield drilled a 2-0 pitch by Dan Klein (6-1) past pulled-in outfield of the Bruins (51-17).

SOUTH CAROLINA 7, UCLA 1

SOUTH CAROLINA UCLA

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ab r h bi ab r h bi

Marzilli lf 4 0 2 1 Amaral cf 0 0 0 0

Merrifild rf 5 0 1 1 Gallego ss 0 0 0 0

Bradley cf 5 1 2 0 Regis 2b 0 0 0 0

Walker 1b 5 1 2 0 Dunlap dh 0 0 0 0

Thomas dh 3 1 1 1 Navarro ph 0 0 0 0

Matthews ph 1 0 1 0 Gelalich lf 0 0 0 0

Morales 3b 5 2 1 0 Espy 3b 0 0 0 0

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Enders c 5 0 1 0 Brown ph 0 0 0 0

Haney ss 3 0 2 3 Uribe 1b 0 0 0 0

Wingo 2b 4 2 1 0 Giovinazo rf 0 0 0 0

Cooper p 0 0 0 0 Rodriguez c 0 0 0 0

Taylor p 0 0 0 0 Cole p 0 0 0 0

-- Grace p 0 0 0 0

-- Griggs p 0 0 0 0

Totals 40 7 14 6 Totals 31 1 3 0

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South Carolina 212 010 010 -- 7

UCLA 000 000 001 -- 1

E--Wingo 2 (12), Regis (12), Cole (1). DP--South Carolina 1. LOB--South Carolina 9, UCLA 6. 3B--Wingo (3). SB--Matthews (7), Morales (5), Wingo (2), Gelalich (7). SF--Haney (3).

South Carolina IP H R ER BB SO

Cooper W, 13-2 8 3 1 1 1 10

Taylor 2 0 0 0 0 0

UCLA IP H R ER BB SO

Cole L, 11-4 7 11 6 4 1 2

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Grace 1 1-3 3 1 1 1 0

Griggs 0 2-3 0 0 0 0 0

HBP--by Cooper (Rodriguez), by Cooper (Gelalich).

T--3:28. A--23,181.

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