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South Carolina’s run in the 2019 NCAA tournament continues.
Senior outfielder Kennedy Clark’s solo home run in the top of the 10th inning lifted the Gamecocks to a 2-1 win over South Florida on Saturday evening in the Tallahassee Regional. The Bulls are eliminated.
The Gamecocks (38-18) advance to face host Florida State at noon Sunday. USC must defeat the Seminoles twice to advance to a Super Regional.
To start the afternoon, the Gamecocks kept the season going with a 10-0 win against Bethune-Cookman in five innings, knocking the Wildcats out of the NCAA tournament.
The win set up the rematch with South Florida later Saturday afternoon. The Bulls had upset the Gamecocks 3-2 Friday afternoon but lost to Florida State 12-1 early Saturday.
Cayla Drotar (12-8) got the win in the circle against Bethune-Cookman. Drotar and Alyssa Kumiyama each drove in three runs in the game.
Dixie Raley (12-5) earned the win for the Gamecocks against the Bulls.