South Carolina will defend its 2010 CWS championship against Florida starting Monday at 8PM ET. Florida roared into the championship round with a 6-4 victory over Vanderbilt while South Carolina outlasted top overall seed Virginia in an epic 13-inning contest, 3-2.
Virginia’s Danny Hultzen was dominant in the first three innings, but the second overall draft pick of the Seattle Mariners had to leave early with an illness. Virginia had a 1-0 lead at the time, but the Gamecocks scored twice in the bottom of the fourth. The score remained that way until the eighth inning when Virginia knotted it up at 2.
From there, Virginia’s Branden Kline and South Carolina’s Matt Price threw up zeroes until the middle of the 13th inning. Cody Winiarski came on for the bottom of the 13th and allowed the winning run to score after his second throwing error, both on sacrifice bunts by the Gamecocks. In going for the lead runner, twice, Winiarski threw wide and the South Carolina offense pushed across the decisive run.
Earlier in the day, Florida got to first-round draft pick Sonny Gray of Vanderbilt to get out to an early lead. But the Gator bullpen gave it back before the offense was able to push ahead to stay in the eighth inning. The 6-4 victory eliminated Vandy and put the second overall seed in the finals.
Florida and South Carolina will now play a best-of-three series starting Monday at 8PM ET.