UCLA Drops First Game Of CWS Championships Series, 7-1
June 28, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - UCLA fell behind early and lost 7-1 to South Carolina Monday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three College World Series Championship.
The Gamecocks (53-16) scored in each of the first three innings and jumped out to a 6-0 fifth-inning lead before UCLA recorded its first hit. Bruin sophomore Gerrit Cole (11-4) gave up six runs (four earned) and 11 hits in seven innings in the loss, while South Carolina's Blake Cooper (13-2) allowed just three hits and one run in eight innings, striking out 10.
'It was clearly South Carolina's night,' said UCLA head coach John Savage. 'It just seemed like we got off to rough start. With two outs in the first, they touched the ball a couple of times, and their hitters did a terrific job off Gerrit in touching the ball. Blake Cooper was outstanding on three-days rest. You've got to give him a ton of credit. He pounded the strike zone and kept us off-balance all evening. It was clearly their night from the get-go. They deserved to win the game, and they dominated us in every phase. But it's one game and a best 2-of-3. We have bounced back all season. This is a team that has been resilient, and we'll get back there tomorrow.'
South Carolina got on the scoreboard early, recording two runs in the top of the first inning. Brady Thomas hit a check-swing RBI single down the left field line to score Jackie Bradley Jr. for the first run, and the Gamecocks scored another run on a error by second baseman Cody Regis with two out.
The Gamecocks scored another in the top of the second, with Evan Marzilli singling home Scott Wingo, who had reached base on a triple. Bobby Haney drove in two runs in the third and another in the fifth to pull South Carolina ahead 6-0, and Whit Merrifield added an RBI single in the eighth to make it 7-0.
UCLA (51-16) did not get its first hit until the fifth inning, a single by Steve Rodriguez, and had a runner in scoring position just twice prior to loading the bases in the ninth inning on singles by Regis, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and Gelalich, and a walk to pinch-hitter Marc Navarro. Trevor Brown hit into a double play, but it scored Regis for the Bruins' only run of the game.
UCLA and South Carolina will meet again for Game 2 on Tuesday, June 29 at 4:30 pm PT/6:30 pm CT. The game will be televised live on ESPN.