Carolina stayed alive in the College World Series, hanging on to defeat Mississippi State 6-5 in a thrilling game three of the CWS. Earlier, USC lost to Oklahoma St., then bounced back to defeat Maine in the double-elimination tournament.
The Gamecocks jumped out to a big 6-0 lead after only three innings, powered by Chris Boyle and Rob Lowery homers. However, MSU stormed back, cutting the lead to 6-5 in the seventh, and had the bases loaded for home run leader Bruce Castoria. Castoria had tied the all-time NCAA season record with his 29th home run earlier in the contest. June Raines summoned Bobby Kish from the bullpen, who promptly struck out Castoria on three pitches ending the Bulldog rally.
MSU had big threats in both the eighth and ninth innings as well, but left the tying runner at third base both times.
Lefty Bret Baynham, USC starter, picked up the victory to improve to 10-1 on the season. Kish finished it off for his seventh save.