Gamecocks one win away from NCAA baseball title

OMAHA, NE (WIS) - The Gamecocks are one win away from reaching their final destination on the road to Omaha as they defeated the UCLA Bruins in game 1 of the College World Series finals 7-1.

A victory tonight will give USC a two-game sweep of the championship series against UCLA and the program's first national title.

The Gamecocks made it look easy in Monday's opening game.

Carolina gets off to a good start against the Bruins in the first inning as Christian Walker scores to make it 2-0.

In the second inning, Scott Wingo sends one down the left field line and the Bruins' Jeff Gelalich can't make the diving catch. Wingo winds up with a triple.  He makes it home on a single from Evan Marzilli, putting USC up 3-0.

In the third inning, Bobby Haney picks a good time to drive in his first runs in Omaha as Carolina picks up two more runs and a 5-0 lead.

Pitcher Blake Cooper strikes out 10 in nine innings before he is relieved. He got a standing ovation from the crowd with a drawn-out "COOOOP" as he left the mound.

USC football coach Steve Spurrier even made it to Omaha along with the family of Bayler Teal, the 7-year-old USC fan who died of cancer last Thursday.

Despite a scare in the bottom of the ninth with bases loaded for the Bruins, USC ends it with a double play and a pop fly catch.

The Gamecocks will face the Bruins once again tonight at 7:30p.m.

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