The Florida Gators were 90 feet away from beating the South Carolina Gamecocks to take a 1-0 series advantage in the 2011 CWS final, but USC's infield was able to put together an inning-ending double play with bases loaded. To the 10th we go.
But let's back up! In the top of the ninth, Brady Thomas achieved a one-out single to apply pressure on Steven Rodriguez. As Adam Matthews took over base running duties, Florida pulled Rodriguez for sophomore right-hander Austin Maddox, who typically functions as the team's closer. Maddox has been dealing with a sprained foot.
Maddox was able to get out of trouble immediately, forcing Adrian Morales into a double play.
Submariner John Taylor took over for the Gamecocks, walking Mike Zunino. Brian Johnson spent a long time attempting to bunt Zunino along, eventually giving up and swatting a shot down the right field line to put runners on the corners. Carolina intentionally walked Josh Adams to load the bases in hopes of a double play.
Tyler Thompson stepped to the plate having walked twice and scored Florida's only run to that point. He tapped the ball to second base, where Scott Wingo made a fantastic play to fire the ball home and acquire out No. 1. Daniel Pigott then grounded to second, with Wingo again sending the ball home; this time, catcher Robert Beary zinged the ball along to first base.
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