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South Carolina's long day pays off

Originally Published: June 22, 2012
By Jason King | ESPN.com

OMAHA, Neb. -- The latest barrier between South Carolina and an NCAA title included an 8 a.m. wake-up call, 18 innings of baseball and a bus ride to the hotel that didn't begin until shortly before midnight.

All the while, a win-or-go-home proviso hovered over the Gamecocks like the dust cloud over Pig-Pen.

"Definitely not the most ideal situation," first baseman Christian Walker said.

Maybe not, but it hardly seemed to bother South Carolina, ...

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