Carolina slugger Yaron Peters’ dramatic home run in the top of the ninth gave USC a stirring come-from-behind victory over the “home-standing” Nebraska Cornhuskers in the CWS. It was the first CWS win for third-ranked USC since 1981, surviving elimination for at least another day.
Carolina appeared to be headed home early in this elimination game, as Nebraska jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead. However, in the fourth inning, the Gamecocks slumbering offense came to life after not scoring for 12 straight innings in the CWS. USC struck for five runs to take a 5-4 lead. The teams went back and forth with the lead until the eighth when a Nebraska homer tied the game at 8 apiece. The stage was set for Peters’ heroics in the ninth after a one-out walk and a strikeout. After falling behind 1-2 in the count, Yaron connected for his 29th longball of the season, an opposite field two-run shot that gave Carolina a 10-8 lead.
In the ninth, John Wesley allowed one hit, but then closed out the ‘Huskers to keep the season alive for Carolina. They would face yet another elimination game vs. Georgia Tech next, a team that had clobbered them 11-0 in the first game of the College World Series.