The South Carolina Gamecocks look poised to reach the championship series of the 2011 College World Series after their first two games. After defeating the Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday, the Gamecocks advanced to face the Virginia Cavaliers. By the end of Tuesday night, the Gamecocks won, 7-1, over the Cavaliers and are off until Friday.
South Carolina struck for three runs in the first inning on a Jackie Bradley RBI double, an Adrian Gonzalez RBI single and a Brady Thomas RBI double. All three runs were unearned as a result of an error by Steven Proscia several plays earlier. Virginia's Jared King also committed an error in the inning, botching the throw that allowed Morales to advance to second after his single.
The Gamecocks added three more runs over the third and fourth innings before allowing their first run in the bottom of the fourth. Virginia C John Hicks homered to left center field off starter Colby Holmes. Holmes pitched 4.1 innings and struck out seven. John Taylor followed with 4.1 scoreless innings, but Matt Price came in to record the final out of the game. He got Kenny Swab to pop out.
South Carolina could have a rematch with Virginia if the Cavaliers defeat the Cal Golden Bears on Thursday. Whatever the outcome of the game, the winner will need to beat South Carolina if they hope to advance to the championship series.