...as NL East-leading Glaus-House Gang comes home to Atlanta from a winning, season's longest, 11-game road trip
Battle of the Chickens for Omaha trip
The South Carolina Gamecocks earned their ninth trip to the College World Series, beating higher-ranked Coastal Carolina yet still weak sister chicken, despite declaring itself the "Big Rooster" via its Chaucer-inspired "Chanticleer" mascot name:
Christian Walker hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning to send South Carolina to a 10-9 victory over Coastal Carolina and a spot in the College World Series.
The Gamecocks (48-15) trailed 9-7 when Jackie Bradley Jr. drew a two-out walk and Adrian Morales followed with a double off the wall in left. That's when Walker drilled a shot into the stands in left for his seventh homer — the biggest of his freshman season.
South Carolina players spilled out to greet Walker when he touched home.
Closer Matt Price worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save.
Coastal Carolina (55-10) came into the NCAA super regional series with the country's most victories and the No. 4 overall seed.
But the Chanticleers were outplayed in both games — beaten by South Carolina's superior pitching and defense in a 4-3 win Saturday and outslugged by the Gamecocks in this one.
It is South Carolina's first CWS appearance since a run of three-straight visits ended in 2004. The Gamecocks play the winner of the Virginia-Oklahoma Super Regional.
The CWS begins Saturday in Omaha, Neb., though the official schedule has not yet been set.
No South Carolina men's sports team has ever won a national championship. The Fighting Gamecocks will have a chance to even the score with Lady Gamecocks whose track and field team won the NCAAs two years ago.
USC has made it to the CWS Championship game twice, losing both times to the Texas Longhorns.
The Horned Frogs of TCU eliminated the Austin school from a trip to Nebraska this time. Could this be the century for the rooster...?
Glaus-House Gang makes Twins see double
Braves 7, Twins 3 (Atlanta comes home for three with MLB-best record Tampa Bay Rays after 6-5 trip to L.A., Phoenix and Minneapolis-St. Paul:
Troy Glaus homered twice and tied a career high with four hits to power the Atlanta Braves past the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Sunday.
The Braves scored four runs in the first inning and built on the lead to support Kris Medlen. Atlanta took two of three in an interleague series between division leaders, a rematch of the thrilling 1991 World Series won by Minnesota in seven games.
Making his 11th major league start, Medlen (4-1) tossed a career-high eight innings and held the Twins scoreless until Delmon Young's three-run homer with two outs in the seventh.
Glaus, who had three RBIs, hit his 13th and 14th home runs in consecutive at-bats in the fifth and seventh. It was the 29th multihomer game of his career and first since Aug. 9, 2008.
The slugger played only 14 games for St. Louis last season because of shoulder surgery and did not hit a home run. He signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Braves during the offseason.
Glaus hit just .194 in April, but got rolling in May. Since May 1, he leads the NL with 40 RBIs. His batting average has improved to .290.