"We wanted to start off hot and get on them quick," said Wingo, a senior who was named the CWS most outstanding player. "I had a really good at-bat that second time up, and I just tried to step up for us."
South Carolina won its opener against Texas A&M on Wingo's walk-off single and advanced to the championship series with a 13-inning walk-off win against Virginia.
"A little magic here, a little magic there," Bradley said. "I don't know how we do it, but we do it."
"I think it was perspective more than anything else," South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner said. "We've been there so many times in close games down the stretch. We got a little lucky, too. You can do the right things on the mound. You can have your guys in the right spot, but they've got to make plays, too."
Roth, who allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings Tuesday, saw his ERA rise -- from 0.98 to 1.06. He allowed a Mike Zunino homer and saw an inherited runner come around to score after he left in the eighth. Matt Price, a sixth-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, capped a busy week with the save.
"When I look back on it, I don't think I pitched overly well," Roth said. "But I made some pitches when I had to, and I had some solid defense behind me. I wasn't hitting my spots great. But I just went out there and tried to fight."
Roth, a junior, leaves Friday for Spain to study "Spanish and windsurfing." The five-week program is required for his international business major, and his baseball obligations precluded his leaving during the academic year. He said he would not pick up a ball and let his mother, who "negotiates contracts for a living," talk to the Indians.
Tanner said Florida, which went 0-2 in last year's College World Series, would be back in Omaha soon. The Gators have plenty of returning talent. Nick Marone, the 104th overall Draft pick, was the highest Gator selected. Zunino, the Southeast Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore, will be back. Sophomore Hudson Randall and freshman Karsten Whitson -- Florida's two starting pitchers in the championship series -- will, as well. Both were drafted out of high school but decided to attend Florida.
"I feel bad about the guys that our leaving our program, but we have a great nucleus coming back," said Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan. "On our way home, we'll already be talking about next year."
South Carolina, which became the first team since Oregon State (2006-07) to repeat as national champions, found itself talking about last year as much as this year. South Carolina has won 16 straight NCAA tournament games and 11 straight College World Series Games, both records. Tanner downplayed the accomplishment.
"We never thought that we were an awesome team. We just thought we were good enough to win at times," he said. "When the opportunity would present itself, we could try to find a way late in the game to win."
His second baseman, however, begged to differ.
"I'd say we're pretty awesome," Wingo said. "I think our talent might not be a bunch of first-rounders, but I think I'd play with these guys more than any other team."