Two SEC powerhouses met in an elimination contest in the College World Series, and it was the Gamecocks who came away with a thrilling 11-10 victory over LSU.
In a great roller-coaster affair, Carolina rallied from a three-run ninth inning deficit to defeat the SEC rival Tigers. USC held a 6-0 lead after one inning, but saw LSU score three in the second inning, two in the third, and four in the fourth to take a 9-7 lead in this wild game.
At that point, pitcher Matt Campbell entered the game for Carolina, and the LSU onslaught suddenly came to a screeching halt. Campbell bailed out the Gamecocks, pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing only one unearned run on two hits. He kept USC close so that the ninth inning rally was possible. USC trailed 10-7 headed to the top of the ninth. A leadoff homer by Kevin Melillo cut the deficit to 10-8. A single, walk, and a sac bunt followed.
Brian Buscher then lined a sharp single to left scoring two runs and tying the game 10-10. In a surprise move that paid off big, Buscher swiped second base. The stolen base allowed him to score easily on a gapper by Landon Powell, putting USC ahead 11-10.
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Campbell retired the LSU hitters in order in the ninth, and Carolina had survived to play another day in Omaha.