Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Adventures in Omaha, by Casey MItchell

Game one of the College World Series was a wild game that came down to great pitching and costly errors. It was a pitchers duel throughout with Florida's ace Hudson Randall going against South Carolina freshman Forrest Koumas. The Gators missed an opportunity in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and no outs, but came up empty after an inning ending 4-2-3 double play. I was on the edge of my seat the whole game, especially when SC leftfielder Jake Williams threw Florida's Cody Dent out at the plate in the bottom of the 10th.
I'm not a huge college baseball guy (mostly because they're never on tv) but that was one of the most entertaining baseball games I have ever wittnessed live.
After 2 overthrows on a South Carolina stolen base attempt commited by Florida catcher Mike Zuzino and centerfielder Brian Smith, Christian Walker scored the go-ahead run for the Gamecocks in the 11th inning. Once South Carolina brought in their closer, Matt Price, that was all she wrote for game one in Omaha. The Gamecocks have won 15 straight NCAA Tournament games, that's tied with Texas for the most all-time. Game 2 of this 3 game series will be tonight at 5 pm on ESPN. The Gators will try to force a game 3 as South Carolina tries to take the CWS trophy back home with them. Hopefully we're in for another barn burner.

After all of the pay-to-play allegations surrounding college football and Oregon, Darron Thomas talked about the issues on ESPN. Thomas explained that college athletes should be given a little extra money here and there for food and other necessities, as well as car insurance and things of that nature.
Thomas also talked about how last years loss in the Natty affected him as a player. Thomas said that whenever he looks back on last season, the only game he looks at is the Auburn game. He said, "To me losses are more important than wins when you're trying to become better as player, and a better team." After all, the only loss Darron Thomas has ever had as a starter was the Natty.... Let's keep it that way!

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