Security removes beach balls that fell on the field between innings during game 2 of the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 28, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Celebrating No. 1 . . . and 2
South Carolina Gamecocks players celebrate after their victory over the Florida Gators, completing a two-game sweep to win the 2011 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday. In defeating Florida, 5-2, South Carolina won its second consecutive NCAA championship.
Gamecocks have a Big Three
South Carolina designated hitter Brady Thomas (left), pitcher Michael Roth (center) and second baseman Scott Wingo (right) pose with the national championship trophy after their victory Tuesday. Thomas was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Roth was a stud on the mound in getting the victory, and Wingo was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player.
Big man on campus
South Carolina Gamecocks second baseman Scott Wingo takes it all in after the Gamecocks won the College World Series on Tuesday. Among the CWS Most Outstanding Player's accomplishments at Omaha: a walk-off single to beat Texas A&M in the opener, two key plays with bases loaded to keep Florida from walking off with a win Monday, and driving in two on Tuesday.
Just like home
South Carolina has some nice beaches, and some of the beach balls followed the Gamecocks to Omaha on Tuesday. No doubt the repeat champs will be spending some time on the beaches this summer, likely with a trophy in hand.
A Florida player shows what all of Gator Nation is feeling after being swept out of the CWS by SEC rival South Carolina.
What it's all about
The South Carolina Gamecocks once again hoist the most coveted prize in college baseball.
Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan searches for answers after his team came up short in two tight games against South Carolina that spanned 20 innings and came down to defense and baserunning.
South Carolina Gamecocks second baseman Scott Wingo lets the crowd know who the best player on the field was this postseason. Wingo was named the CWS' best player and drove in two runs in Tuesday's clincher.
It's every man for himself in this monster celebration as South Carolina players celebrate their 5-2 victory over the Florida Gators.
Sun sets on the field . . . and season
The Florida Gators run to the dugout between innings against the South Carolina Gamecocks during Tuesday's Game 2 of the CWS Championship Series. Soon after, the 2011 season drifted into the shadows, as the Gators remain without a baseball national championship.
Free for all
Back to more pile-ups for the Gamecocks.
Add another banner
While the flags of all CWS combatants flew outside TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, only one school will hang a banner at home. Appropriately, that school is in front in this display, too.
Apparently, the players are not the only athletes at South Carolina, as this guy in the polo goes for the dog pile high-jump world record.
Not to be outdone
South Carolina players can get up there, too. Winning two national championships can give you a lot of energy.
Spurrier would be proud
South Carolina catcher Robert Beary drops closer Matt Price with a linebacker-style tackle after the final out of Tuesday's title clincher.
Florida's Mike Zunino tried to get the Gators back into the game Tuesday, hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning. But for all of his clapping, Zunino could not do much in the way of inspiring his teammates.
South Carolina's Evan Marzilli celebrates after scoring one of three third-inning runs that gave the Gamecocks the lead in Tuesday's College World Series Championship Series Game 2. The Florida Gators were never able to overcome the inning, and South Carolina repeated as NCAA champions.
Florida starting pitcher Karsten Whitson went only 4-2/3 innings Tuesday, giving up three runs, though only one earned, and taking the loss in the final game of the NCAA season.
South Carolina's Evan Marzilli scores behind Florida catcher Mike Zunino on a fielding error by shortstop Nolan Fontana. Marzilli was 1 for 2 in the game with the run scored, the second of a three-run third.
Just not enough
That can be said of Florida's Nolan Fontana on this bang-bang play at first (he was called out) and of the Gators in the best-of-three championship series. After a wild Game 1 in which Florida failed on several late-inning opportunities to put the game away, the Gators could generate only six hits in Tuesday's Game 2, falling 5-2.
South Carolina starting pitcher Michael Roth went 7-2/3 innings and threw more than 125 pitches — on three-days' rest — giving the Gamecocks the effort they needed to win Tuesday's Game 2 and clinch another baseball championship.
One and done
South Carolina's Peter Mooney, left, is greeted at the dugout by teammate Christian Walker, right, after he scored on a sacrifice fly by Scott Wingo in the third inning of Tuesday night's Game 2 of the NCAA baseball College World Series best-of-three Championship Series at Omaha, Neb. The run broke a scoreless tie and gave the Gamecocks the lead that they would never surrender as they won 5-2 to clinch their second consecutive NCAA championship.
Out of reach
The ball wasn't for Florida first baseman Vickash Ramjit, but South Carolina's Brady Thomas was, as he beat the throw for a run-scoring single in the third inning.