It wasn't typical Gamecock fashion.
South Carolina didn't produce any late-inning magic. The Gamecocks didn't force extra innings. And there weren't in any bases loaded jams.
They didn't need any of that.
But after a College World Series full of walk-off wins and heart-stopping moments, the Gamecocks gave their fans a break. And then gave them the biggest celebration since this time last year with a a 5-2 victory over Florida in game two of the championship series Tuesday night.
The South Carolina Gamecocks are the 2011 College World Series champions.
"Our players, they've made it happen between the lines," head coach Ray Tanner said. "They made plays. They made pitches. They got hits. They always felt they had a chance to win. They believed."
South Carolina becomes just the sixth program to win back-to-back championships after last season's historic first run to a title.
Senior second baseman Scott Wingo earned the Most Outstanding Player award for his clutch hits and dazzling defense throughout the Gamecocks' stay in Omaha.
"Scott Wingo is the epitome of what our program is about and I know I'm going to miss him," Tanner said.
"He's been great, he's been great for four years."
The 2010 championship team was forced to reel off six straight wins after losing game one of the CWS, but the 2011 Gamecocks never experienced postseason defeat.
In the process, South Carolina set records with 16 straight NCAA tournament wins and 11 straight in Omaha. The Gamecocks also were the last champion to win in history Rosenblatt Stadium and the first champion of the new TD Ameritrade Park.
"It's going to be hard to top that," last year's CWS Most Outstanding Player Jackie Bradley, Jr. said.
It will be hard to top the drama this Gamecock team provided, too.
South Carolina won its first game in Omaha 5-4 on a walk-off single. The Gamecocks then got to the championship series in a 13-inning affair that saw them escape three bases-loaded, late-inning jams in a 3-2 victory over Virginia. And they set up tonight's opportunity with a 2-1 11-inning masterpiece Monday.
"A little bit of magic here, a little magic there," Bradley said. "I don't know how we do it but we do it."
Tuesday's clincher may not have been a typical South Carolina CWS game, but it was typical Michael Roth on the mound.
The Gamecocks' ace -- going on short rest for the second straight outing -- gutted out 7 2/3 innings giving up just two runs -- a solo home run off the bat of Mike Zunino in the third inning and a run that was charged to him in the eighth after he exited the game with Zunino on second.
"He always wants the ball," Bradley said.
"He's Michael Roth! He's special."
Roth gave up just five hits as he picked up the win, and received stellar back-up from a defense that turned nine double plays in its five CWS games.
Roth has now pitched 38 1/3 career innings at the College World Series with an ERA of 1.17, second-best in CWS history for pitchers with over 30 innings. He gave up just three earned runs in three starts this CWS.
South Carolina first got on the board in the third inning when Peter Mooney led off the inning with the Gamecocks' first hit of the game, a double he spanked into the left field corner.
After a Robert Beary sacrifice bunt and Evan Marzilli walk, Wingo blistered a liner to right that Preston Tucker caught -- Mooney tagged up and jogged home for the first run of the game.
After a walk, Christian Walker's bouncer towards shortstop short-hopped Nolan Fontana and made it to the outfield grass to score Marzilli. Brady Thomas then bounced a chopper over the pitcher's head and beat out the throw to first as the Gamecocks went up 3-0.
Florida cut into that lead in the very next inning with Zunino's blast over the left field wall. After struggling all CWS the SEC Player of the Year went 3-for-3 Tuesday.
South Carolina extended its lead in the sixth with a no-doubter into the right field bullpen from Mooney on a 3-1 pitch. Mooney was 2-for-3 in the game and also played perfect defense.
Florida cut into the lead in the eighth. A one-out double from Zunino set the table for Josh Adams who singled off John Taylor to cut the lead to 4-2. That was the only batter Taylor would face.
South Carolina brought in closer Matt Price to get the final out of the inning.
South Carolina added another run in the bottom of the eighth. Beary's single led off the inning and Wingo eventually singled to right through a drawn-in infield to put Carolina up 5-2.
Price stayed in and produced a 1-2-3, drama-free ninth inning. The Gators' final hope, pinch-hitter Ben McMahan flied to center field where Bradley cruised over and it landed harmlessly in his glove.
Lost in the moment, he tossed heaved the ball into the stands and raced towards the pitcher's mound as the Gamecocks produced the first dog pile in the new park.
Tanner has downplayed his team's ability all year long. He's always mentioned the fact that his Gamecocks aren't the most talented team in the country. "We can't just throw our gloves out there," Tanner always says.
But after back-to-back championships ...
"I'd say we're pretty awesome, yeah," Wingo said. "But I think our talent might not be a bunch of first-rounders, but I think I'd play with these guys more than any other team.
"We don't give you one yard."
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