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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.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.