Columbia holding parade on Friday for USC baseball team

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The celebration for the South Carolina Gamecock baseball team that began Tuesday night with their record setting win against the Florida Gators, will conclude on Friday, July 1 with a parade in the heart of downtown Columbia.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced to a crowd of over 11,000 cheering fans at the Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday that there would be a repeat of last years parade that brought out thousands of Gamecock fans from all around the state to show appreciate for a team that many gave no chance. Fans were at the arena Wednesday to welcome the team back to Columbia.

The Gamecocks successfully defended their 2010 College World Series National Championship by defeating the Gators 5-2 to become the first back-to-back National Champions since the 2006-2007 Oregon State Beavers. In that deciding game, Gamecock ace Michael Roth pitched 7 2/3 innings on three day's rest, allowing only two runs, to propel his team to victory.The Gamecocks also set records for the longest winning streak in tournament history (16) and longest winning streak at the CWS (11).

The parade will begin at noon on Friday. The Gamecock baseball team will start at Main and Laurel Street, and go south down Main to Gervais Street, ending at the State House where the South Carolina Gamecock flag has been flying since Wednesday.

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