Notes: Gamecocks take Finals Game 1

Look inside for notes from the Gamecocks' 7-1 victory over UCLA Monday. Game 2 of the MCWS Finals will take place Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (South Carolina will be the home team)

General Notes:

*-With a win on Tuesday or Wednesday, South Carolina would become only the third team to win six games in a single MCWS (Oregon State in 2006 and Holy Cross in 1952). If South Carolina wins Tuesday, the Gamecocks would be the first team to win six straight games in a single MCWS.

*-2010 marks the fourth consecutive year that the MCWS has drawn over 300,000 fans

*-Tonight is the first-ever matchup between UCLA and South Carolina in baseball (South Carolina leads the series now 1-0).

*-Pac-10 teams are 2-1 in the MCWS Championship final (wins by Oregon State in 2006-07; loss by Stanford in 2003), while SEC teams are 1-2 in the MCWS Championship Finals (win by LSU in 2009; losses by Florida in 2005 and Georgia in 2008).

*-UCLA is going after the 16th NCAA title by a Pac-10 member, with the last being Oregon State in 2006-07.

*-South Carolina is going for the eighth MCWS title by Southeastern Conference member with the last being LSU in 2009.

*-UCLA leads all NCAA Division I programs with 106 titles. South Carolina's lone NCAA title came in women's outdoor track and field in 2002.

*-The last time that two teams were playing to win their first national title was in 2006 (Oregon State vs. North Carolina). It marks the fifth time since 1970 that two teams were playing each other where neither school won a national title. The others were: 2006 (Oregon State def. North Carolina); 1982 (Miami def. Wichita State); 1979 (Cal State Fullerton def. Arkansas); 1976 (Arizona def. Eastern Michigan).

*-The three hits allowed by South Carolina is the lowest in a MCWS Championship Finals game (2003-present). The previous low in hits was four by Texas against Florida on 6/25/05. South Carolina also becomes only the second team in the MCWS Championship Finals to not allow an extra base hit. The other was North Carolina against Oregon State on 6/26/06.

* Attendance: 23,181 (2010 MCWS total – 306,532; 20,435 avg.)

South Carolina

*-South Carolina now improves to 53-16 on the season, as its 53 wins rank third nationally (Coastal Carolina 55, TCU 54).

*-South Carolina is now 26-2 this season when scoring in the first inning and 36-6 when scoring first).

*-With tonight's win, South Carolina is now 22-17 all-time in nine trips to the MCWS.

*-South Carolina's seven runs tonight is its second-highest output in the MCWS.

*-South Carolina will attempt to become the first national champion to lose their first MCWS game since Oregon State in 2006, and only the third team to win a title after losing the opener in the current two-bracket format (also USC in 1998).

*-South Carolina is now 102-56 in NCAA Tournament play, including 10-1 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

*-This is the fourth time South Carolina has been one game away from winning a national title and first since 2002. South Carolina's other runner-up finishes were in 1975 and 1977.

*-Blake Cooper allowed two runs over 8.0 innings against UCLA, marking the 11th time in 20 starts this season he has allowed two runs or less. Cooper's 20 starts this season is the most by any pitcher in the country.

*-Cooper struck out 10 or more for the third time this season and second time in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. He fanned a career-high 12 against The Citadel on 6/5.

*- Cooper's 10 strikeouts against UCLA ties the MCWS Finals record also held by Texas' Chance Ruffin (Texas vs. LSU, 6/22/09) and Cal State Fullerton's Jason Windsor (vs. Texas, 6/27/04).

*-Cooper has a 3-1 record with a 2.18 ERA in five NCAA Tournament starts this season, fanning 38 over 33 innings of work. In Omaha, he is 1-1 with a 2.41 ERA in three starts, allowing 13 hits over 18.2 innings of work.

*-As a pitching staff, South Carolina has a 2.41 ERA in six MCWS games with 50 strikeouts and nine walks while holding opponents to a .186 batting average. The Gamecocks have held all six opponents in Omaha to four runs or less.

*-South Carolina is now 30-4 when holding an opponent to three runs or less, including each of its last four opponents in Omaha.

*-South Carolina's bullpen is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA, fanning 17 without a walk over 13.1 innings in the MCWS.

*-South Carolina has scored in the first inning of each of their last three MCWS games.

*-Bobby Haney's two-run single in the third inning snapped an 0-for-10 dryspell for South Carolina with the bases loaded at the MCWS. It was his first RBI since May 21 vs. Florida (14 games). Haney was 3-for-20 in Omaha before his two-run single. He finished 2-for-3 on the night while his three RBIs are his second-highest total of the season. He drove in four runs against Furman on 5/18.

*-Jackie Bradley, Jr. extended his hit streak to 22 games tonight and is now 10-for-24 (.417) with nine RBIs. His nine RBIs in Omaha lead all players.

*-Christian Walker is hitting .396 (19-48) in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, as he went 2-for-5 with a run scored against UCLA on Monday. *-Five of South Carolina's seven runs were scored with two outs. South Carolina has 14 two-out RBIs in the MCWS (TCU leads all teams with 16 and UCLA has five).

*-All nine starters (and all 10 players who had a plate appearance) had a hit for South Carolina in tonight's win


*-UCLA will need to win the final two games of the MCWS Championship Finals to win its first national title.

*-Since 1956, only three teams—Oregon State in 2006, Georgia in 1990 and Cal State Fullerton in 1979—have claimed the championship without having previously won a game at the MCWS (UCLA's first MCWS victory in three appearances came last Saturday).

*-With the loss, UCLA falls to 51-16 on the season and is now 3-6 all-time at the MCWS. UCLA is now 9-3 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. UCLA falls to 42-34 all-time in 16 NCAA appearances.

*-UCLA's one run tied a season low, set five other times, most recently against UC Irvine on 5/11. UCLA has not been shut out since 5/22/09.

*-UCLA falls to 6-10 when allowing at least six runs in a game this season (45-6 when allowing five runs or less). *-The 14 hits allowed by UCLA is their highest total in the postseason this season and most since they allowed 17 against Arizona State on 5/2.

*-It was the second time in the NCAA Tournament that UCLA has allowed two first-inning runs (other was vs. Florida in MCWS opener on 6/19).

*-UCLA was held scoreless for the first five innings for the second time this year. The other was against USC on 5/16, a game UCLA scored two in the ninth to win 2-1.

*-The 11 hits and six runs allowed by Gerrit Cole are both season highs. Cole's previous season highs were nine hits (vs. Cal on 5/21) and five runs (three other times, most recently by Cal on 5/21). The 11 hits and six runs allowed by Cole tonight also ties or betters career highs.

*-The 11 hits allowed by Cole is the most ever in a MCWS Championship Finals game (10 by Stanford's John Hudgins vs. Rice, 6/22/03)

*-Cole's two strikeouts tonight matched his lowest total in 33 career starts (set two other times most recently against USC on 5/14)

*-Cole has 153 strikeouts this season, a total that ranks second on UCLA's single-season list (Trevor Bauer has 165) and third nationally (Asher Wojciechowski is second with 155). Cole also has 257 strikeouts in his UCLA career, a total which is ties Bauer for eighth on the school's career list.

*-The only two teams to rebound after losing the first game of the MCWS Championship Finals are Fresno State (2008) and Oregon State (2006).

*-Cody Regis extended his hit streak to 13 games and is hitting .350 (7-for-20 in the MCWS).

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