The Gamecocks are off to the College World Series for the first time ever following a hard-fought 4-3 victory over NC State in the Atlantic Regional championship game at The Roost.
The second-ranked Gamecocks rode the backs of two all-time greats to win this nail-biter. All-American Earl Bass came in for starter Tim Lewis in sixth inning, and proceeded to pitch 3 2/3 no-hit innings in relief. Hank Small went 3 for 4 to lead the offensive attack, including a key 2-run homer in the first to put USC up early. The Wolfpack matched Carolina with a 2-run shot of their own in the fourth to tie the game at 2. USC scored the decisive two runs in the sixth, aided by an error on the NCSU hurler. Carolina survived a ninth-inning rally by the Pack when they closed the gap to 4-3. However, Bass got the final out, saving it for starter and winner Tim Lewis.
Coach Bobby Richardson and the Gamecocks were set to face the Pirates of Seton Hall University in their first-ever CWS contest.