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|Pitching, Defense Carried Gamecocks to CWS Title
|OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- It was said often during the College World Series that it isn't necessarily the best team that wins the national championship but the team that plays the best baseball.
That rings true to Ray Tanner, who described his South Carolina Gamecocks as a good but not great team even after they swept UCLA in the finals.
The Gamecocks (54-16) won their first national title in a men's sport Tuesday night with their 2-1, 11-inning victory in Game 2 of the best-of-three series.
South Carolina's .300 team average ranked 173rd out of 292 Division I teams, and the Gamecocks were 125th in scoring. South Carolina batted .284 in Omaha, the lowest average by a national champion since Oregon State hit .281 in 2006.
Tanner said pitching and defense, along with timely hitting, carried the Gamecocks.
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