Quest for "three-peat" continues; Gamecocks head to Omaha

The University of Florida beat North Carolina State University Sunday and will play the Gamecocks in the first round of the CWS Saturday at 9 p.m.

COLUMBIA (WACH, AP) - The Gamecocks are headed back to Omaha to play for their third consescutive national title.

The University of South Carolina baseball team beat Oklahoma University 5-1 Monday afternoon to win the Columbia Super Regional and clinch their spot in the 2012 College World Series.

The game was suspended Sunday because of heavy rain. Once things resumed, South Carolina quickly took control to put away the Sooners (42-25).

Gamecocks closer Matt Price got catcher Dylan Neal on a check-swing, called third strike to set off the latest celebration at Carolina Stadium.

The Gamecocks have won 21 straight post season games. The next closest streak is 15 wins.

The two-time defending champion Gamecocks wrapped up the super regional series for their third straight trip to Omaha and 11th CWS appearance overall. Should South Carolina (45-17) again prevail, it would join the powerhouse program of Southern Cal as the only schools with more than two consecutive CWS titles. The Trojans hold the record with five straight crowns from 1970-74.

The Gamecocks will play the Florida Gators Saturday at 9 pm in Omaha.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)