OMAHA, NE - JUNE 29: The South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with the Championshop trophy after defeating the UCLA Bruins in game 2 of the men's 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Gamecocks defeated the Bruins 2-1 in eleven innings to win the National Championship. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Year Of The Gamecock: South Carolina Baseball Wins Second-Straight CWS

South Carolina baseball swept Florida to secure the program's second-ever national championship ... and its second in a row. The SEC has now won three straight College World Series titles.

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South Carolina Baseball Wins 2011 CWS Championship, Setting Up Surprise Dynasty

The South Carolina Gamecocks are the 2011 NCAA baseball national champions. Whoa. This is even more astounding than USC being named the 2010 College World Series champs. We're talking about an athletic department that, 364 days ago, had never won a major national title, yet has now established two years worth of dominion over summer's premier college sport.

And done it by knocking off the Florida Gators, the longtime lords of SEC East football -- and usually assorted other sports as well. Just months after Steve Spurrier pulled off USC's first-ever win in the Swamp, Carolina has gone through its biggest traditional obstacle to become the fifth program to ever post consecutive baseball titles.

You're crazy if you think there's any school Cocks fans would've rather beaten, short of Clemson.

Peter Mooney began a three-run third inning and slapped a home run in the sixth, while Michael Roth hurled seven and two-thirds innings of two-run ball. Matt Price came on to close, killing an eighth inning rally and giving Carolina the 5-2 victory and the sweep.

The most Cardiac Cock of all, Scott Wingo, was named the 2011 CWS Most Outstanding Player.

The SEC now has now posted three straight national championships, plus contributed the 2008 runner-up. The SEC East provided the 2011 CWS' top three teams. The conference isn't known for excelling at much beyond football, but it could be argued baseball is the SEC's No. 2 priority, and not basketball -- this is Atlanta Braves country, after all. And maybe this really isn't all that surprising when you think about it.

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South Carolina Baseball Wins 2011 CWS Game 1 In 11th Inning

The South Carolina Gamecocks have done it again, winning a College World Series game in improbable fashion. After trailing 1-0 for almost the entire game, the Cardiac Cocks (love it or leave it!) took a 2-1 lead over the Florida Gators in extra innings and are now one game away from repeating as national champs. Let's catch up.

With one out in the top of the 11th, the Gators pulled Nick Maronde for towering junior righty Greg Larson. Christian Walker, who's playing with a broken bone in his wrist, singled to first, and then -- OMAHAM! -- a pair of erratic throws on a solitary stolen base attempt sent Walker all the way around the basepaths, giving the Cocks their first lead of the game, 2-1.

Adam Matthews walked as "GAME! COCKS!" chants took over TD Ameritrade. Though Florida escaped without any further damage, USC fans clearly sensed their team was about to pull yet another postseason win out of nowhere.

Carolina brought on Matt Price to close, who'd only gotten two days of rest since his last effort. Brian Johnson reached first with no outs -- Paul Wilson took over as pinch runner. Josh Adams sacrificed Wilson to second. Tyler Thompson struck out swinging after a 10-pitch at bat. Daniel Pigott stepped to the plate and grounded out.

Let's get excited about Game 2 --  8 pm ET on Tuesday night.

Check here for complete 2011 CWS scores and schedules, and here for NCAA baseball news and stories. For more SEC sports, join Team Speed Kills. Gators fans, head to Alligator Army and SB Nation Tampa Bay; USC fans, visit Garnet And Black Attack.

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