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                   === Back-to-back titles for Gamecocks ===
 
 Omaha,  NE (Sports Network)  - South Carolina went to its ace and Michael Roth
 came  through by pitching into the eighth inning, and the Gamecocks celebrated
 their second straight College World Series title with a 5-2 win over Florida.
 
 For  the  second straight night, Florida's  porous defense opened the door for
 the  Gamecocks, and  they capitalized with a  three-run third, on the way to a
 record  11th straight  CWS victory and an NCAA-best ever 16th consecutive NCAA
 Tournament win dating to last season.
 
 Peter Mooney belted a homer in the sixth inning and the Gamecocks finished off
 the  two-game sweep  by piling on top  of each other near the mound just after
 pinch-hitter Ben McMahan flied out to Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field.
 
 The  Gamecocks  closed out  Rosenblatt Stadium last  year winning the national
 title,  the first  baseball championship in school history. They defeated UCLA
 in consecutive games in the 2010 title series.
 
 "These  guys believed  they  could win,  they played  hard  every day,"  South
 Carolina  head  coach Ray Tanner said.  "We know we don't have awesome talent,
 but  we  show up and  play and some  good things have  happened for us. I just
 can't put into words how much these guys mean to me and how hard they work."
 
 South  Carolina second baseman Scott Wingo, who had two RBI Tuesday, was named
 the Most Outstanding Player in the CWS.
 
 Tuesday  night's  win came  on the  heels of  Monday's incredible triumph when
 Christian Walker scored following a pair of throwing errors in the 11th inning
 of a 2-1 final at TD Ameritrade Park.
 
 South Carolina became the first team to win back-to-back baseball titles since
 Oregon State in 2006-07.
 
 "Beginning of the year I said we finished at the old one and let's try to open
 the  new one  up," Wingo said of  winning the title in two different stadiums.
 "Coach didn't think we might -- might not get it, but I'm the type of guy that
 I  had  a feeling we  were going to  do it. And I  kept thinking of the Oregon
 State  team  the whole year.  I had a  feeling we would  get back and win this
 thing, and we did."
 
 Pitching on three days of rest, Roth limited the Gators to five hits, two runs
 and  fanned  six batters over  7 2/3 innings.  The junior left-hander walked a
 pair,  but had help  from his defense and was able to escape jams in the fifth
 and sixth innings.
 
 In 38 1/3 innings of work over the past two years at the College World Series,
 Roth has posted a 1.17 ERA, second-best all-time.
 
 Matt Price finished the game for the save.
 
 The Gamecocks scored three times in the third off starter Karsten Whitson, and
 it was helped by another Florida gaffe, this one from shortstop Nolan Fontana.
 Mooney  doubled  down the left field  line leading off  and went to third on a
 sacrifice  bunt from Robert Beary. Evan Marzilli walked before Wingo flied out
 to  right field  for a run. Jackie  Bradley Jr. then walked to load the bases,
 setting  the  stage for  Walker, who  was playing again  despite a broken left
 wrist.
 
 Walker hit a bouncer toward Fontana, but the ball took a short hop and glanced
 off  his wrist and into the outfield for a 2-0 margin. Brady Thomas then hit a
 slow bouncer up the middle. The ball was stopped by second baseman Josh Adams,
 but the throw to first was late, constructing the 3-0 lead.
 
 "There's  no doubt in  my mind that we had the ability to do it," Walker said.
 "We  worked hard  enough. It was just  getting to the grind and just doing it.
 And everything fell into line, and we couldn't ask for anything better."
 
 Mike  Zunino, who  went 3-for-3, homered to left field leading off the fourth,
 and  the Gators threatened  in the fifth. Brian Johnson was hit by a pitch and
 Vickash  Ramjit  singled to right field.  However, Cody Dent fanned and Bryson
 Smith grounded into a double play.
 
 Then  in the sixth,  Fontana was hit by a pitch and Zunino singled through the
 left  side, but the Gators couldn't come through in the clutch. Preston Tucker
 struck out, and Adams and Daniel Pigott grounded out.
 
 Mooney  homered  down the  right field line  in the sixth,  but the Gators got
 within two in the eighth on an Adams RBI single.
 
 Wingo  singled  through the right  side to plate Bradley  in the bottom of the
 eighth.
 
 Whitson  allowed four  hits, walked  two and  fanned four  batters over  4 2/3
 innings.
 
 "They  were  a little  bit better than  us in all  phases," Florida head coach
 Kevin  O'Sullivan  said. "They pitched  a little bit  better, hit a little bit
 better and played a little bit better defense."
 
 The  16  straight NCAA Tournament  wins for  the Gamecocks breaks the all-time
 record  of 15 shared with Texas in 1983 and 1984. The mark of 10 straight wins
 at  the  CWS was  shared  with  both  Southern  California (1972-74)  and  LSU
 (1996-98).  South  Carolina's last  NCAA Tournament  defeat was  a 4-3 loss to
 Oklahoma on June 20, 2010.
 
 
 
 06/29 02:10:24 ET