Carolina blistered Clemson 12-4 in a much-anticipated showdown in the College World Series. The Gamecocks faced elimination against the CWS unbeaten Tigers, but survived, setting up a second matchup vs. Clemson with a trip to the championship game on the line.
Clemson (56-14) grabbed leads of 3-0 and 4-2 in the early innings, but saw pitcher Matt Campbell enter the game in the fourth and shut them down, allowing only two hits in 5 1/3 innings.
USC broke open a 4-4 game in the sixth by scoring five runs, the big blow being the second two-run homer of the game by DH Trey Dyson. USC battered Clemson with four homers, and cruised to victory, setting up what would be the biggest game ever between Carolina and Clemson. The winner of the next day’s contest would face Texas for the National Championship!