South Carolina gets to play a second game Sunday at Carolina Stadium.
By defeating Campbell 9-0 in an elimination game of the NCAA regional in the afternoon, the Gamecocks advanced to the night game against Maryland.
USC freshman right-hander Wil Crowe (8-3) threw a complete-game shutout to keep his team’s hopes alive to win the regional. The Gamecocks (44-17) must defeat Maryland (38-21) twice – once on Sunday and once on Monday – to make it to a Super Regional.
Campbell (41-21), which also lost to USC Friday night, sees its season end after winning its first NCAA tournament game in school history Saturday against Old Dominion.
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Crowe gave up just four singles and walked none as he lowered his ERA to 2.75. He went start to finish on 101 pitches.
“He was the story of this game,” USC coach Chad Holbrook said. “He was as efficient as I’ve seen him with his command, with his fastball, breaking ball, changeup. He was in total control out there. It was a masterful performance by him to go nine innings. We obviously needed that with the circumstances coming out of the losers’ bracket.”
Crowe, who struck out four hitters in tossing his first complete game, wanted to save USC’s bullpen for two more potential games.
“I knew that we needed a good outing and that I needed to go deep in the game,” Crowe said. “So I went into it thinking that if I kept my pitch count down, then I could help the team out for later.”
The Camels started the sixth inning with back-to-back singles, but Crowe worked out of it with an inning-ending double-play ball.
“He mixed all three pitches he was throwing,” Campbell catcher Steve Leonard said. “He threw strikes with all three, which is very good. He commanded the inside corner of the plate.”
Campbell coach Greg Goff was especially impressed by Crowe’s performance given the stakes involved.
“I was hoping the atmosphere for a freshman would be a little overwhelming, but from the first pitch on, he was in command,” Goff said. “They knew their season could end today, too. You would never have known it. Their mentality was different today, and I have a lot of respect for Wil.”
Designated hitter Max Schrock collected a pair of doubles, including one that dropped inside the right-field line to score two runs in the four-run fourth inning. Connor Bright had an RBI double in that inning off Campbell starter Ryan Koopman (8-2) to go with Tanner English’s run-scoring single.
Joey Pankake added RBI singles in the third and ninth innings in USC’s 13-hit attack.