By the numbers: Game 1

June, 29, 2010

Some interesting notes from South Carolina's 7-1 win over UCLA in Game 1 of the College World Series championship, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information and the NCAA:

• With a win on Tuesday or Wednesday, South Carolina would become only the third team to win six games in a single CWS (Oregon State in 2006 and Holy Cross in 1952). If South Carolina wins Tuesday, the Gamecocks would be the first team to win six straight games in a single CWS.

• The last time that two teams were playing to win their first national title was in 2006 (Oregon State vs. North Carolina). It marks the fifth time since 1970 that two teams were playing each other where neither school won a national title. The others were: 2006 (Oregon State defeated North Carolina); 1982 (Miami defeated Wichita State); 1979 (Cal State Fullerton defeated Arkansas); 1976 (Arizona defeated Eastern Michigan).

• The three hits allowed by South Carolina is the lowest in a CWS championship finals game (2003-present). The previous low in hits was four by Texas against Florida on June 25, 2005. South Carolina also becomes only the second team in the CWS championship finals to not allow an extra-base hit. The other was North Carolina against Oregon State on June 26, 2006.

• South Carolina will attempt to become the first national champion to lose their first CWS game since Oregon State in 2006, and only the third team to win a title after losing the opener in the current two-bracket format (also USC in 1998).

• This is the fourth time South Carolina has been one game away from winning a national title and first since 2002. South Carolina's other runner-up finishes were in 1975 and 1977.

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Jackie Bradley Jr.
Crystal LoGiudice/US PresswireJackie Bradley Jr. extended his hit streak to 22 games in South Carolina's win over UCLA.

• Cooper's 10 strikeouts against UCLA ties the CWS finals record also held by Texas' Chance Ruffin (vs. LSU on June 22, 2009) and Cal State Fullerton's Jason Windsor (vs. Texas on June 27, 2004).

• As a pitching staff, South Carolina has a 2.41 ERA in six CWS games with 50 strikeouts and nine walks while holding opponents to a .186 batting average. The Gamecocks have held all six opponents in Omaha to four runs or less.

• Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hit streak to 22 games on Monday night and is now 10-for-24 (.417) with nine RBIs. His nine RBIs in Omaha lead all players.

• Since 1956, only three teams -- Oregon State in 2006, Georgia in 1990 and Cal State Fullerton in 1979 -- have claimed the championship without having previously won a game at the CWS (UCLA's first CWS victory in three appearances came last Saturday).

• Usually it's UCLA that gets out to the fast start. Entering the CWS final, the Bruins had outscored their opponents 228-82 over the first four innings. On Monday, South Carolina raced out to a 5-0 lead after four innings. In fact, Monday's game was just the second time all season that the Bruins failed to score in the first five innings of a game. UCLA scored two runs in the ninth inning to beat Southern California 2-1 on May 16.



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