South Carolina used its formidable home-field advantage to defeat Campbell 5-2 Friday night in the opening game of the NCAA baseball tournament.
The Gamecocks have won 28 straight postseason home games dating back to the 2002 season, with the last 17 of them coming at Carolina Stadium starting in 2010. They’re also 59-8 in their NCAA history between Sarge Frye Field and Carolina Stadium since 1975.
USC (43-16) will play Maryland (37-21) Saturday at 7 p.m. in the winners’ bracket. The Terrapins will be the home team, a decision made by a coin flip.
USC junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery pitched eight strong innings to collect the victory.
Montgomery (8-5) allowed two runs on just five hits and walked none while striking out nine. Right-hander Joel Seddon got the final three outs after Montgomery allowed a leadoff single in the ninth, although Seddon gave up an RBI triple to Will Albertson.
South Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning with three hits off Campbell starter Heath Bowers (10-4). Kyle Martin delivered a two-run single, and DC Arendas capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.
That proved to be enough offense for the Gamecocks, who added a pair of runs in the eighth off Campbell reliever Ryan Thompson on Marcus Mooney’s two-out, two-run single. Mooney and Max Schrock led USC’s 11-hit attack with three hits apiece.