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.