Florida and South Carolina have run the table thus far and something has to give as the College World Series moves into the championship round. Both the Gators and Gamecocks completed a sweep on Friday, advancing to the finals following three-consecutive wins. Florida knocked off Vanderbilt in the early game, 6-4, and South Carolina finished off a marathon by eliminating Virginia, 3-2 to set up the three-game series for the title.
The Gators did it the easy way, at least by comparison. Florida opened with an 8-4 over Texas and knocked off Vanderbilt, 3-1, to take control of the top-half of the bracket. On Friday, the Gators downed Vanderbilt a second time, earning the right to play for the NCAA championship.
South Carolina opened its College World Series with a 5-4 win over Texas A&M and, like Florida, moved into the driver's seat with a 7-1 win over Virginia in the second round. In Friday's rematch, however, the task was tougher, and it took extra innings for the Gamecocks to advance. After 13 grueling innings, a throwing error gave South Carolina a 3-2 win over Virginia, setting up next week's championship series.
For a look back at the College World Series bracket, visit the NCAA website. The championship gets underway on Monday as Florida and South Carolina take the field in Omaha.
For the latest on the tournament, head to the 2011 College World Series hub. You can find recaps of the opening round matchups, as well as previews of each team in the tournament there.