USC rallied for a 7-2 victory against LaSalle at Sarge Frye Field to capture the East Regional championship and earn a fifth trip to the College World Series.
LaSalle pitcher Tom Kerrigan kept the 6,200 in attendance mostly quiet through the first five innings. Charlie Aldrich finally got to him in the sixth with a towering two-run homer that put Carolina ahead 2-1. One batter later, Keith Killian launched another two-run shot making it 4-1 USC. The Gamecocks added three more insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings, and coasted home with the victory.
All-American Mike Cook was the winning pitcher for Carolina, although not his usual dominant self. He went the distance, but allowed 11 hits and 4 walks, yet only two runs. Cook was helped by the inability of the Explorers to hit with runners on base. Thankfully, LaSalle left the bases loaded in the first and third innings, and left two men on in the second and fourth.