All good things must come to an end. Otherwise how would we know they were good?
For the South Carolina Gamecocks, the good times stopped at two. That was the number of the consecutive College World Series titles the school took into this year's finale. They had hoped to add a third, a streak that would have moved the program from merely great into the realm of dynasties such as Southern California, which won three consecutive national titles in the early 70s.
But it was not to be. The Gamecocks fell in two straight games to Arizona in the finals, closing out a run that will still rank among the best in college baseball history.
Sometimes it looked like this year's South Carolina team held it together with bailing wire and rally caps. Throughout the regular season, they weren't even the best team in the SEC East. That title went to Florida, which had the No. 1 team in the nation and the top seeding going into this year's CWS. But the Gators fell to Arizona and Kent State, while t...