COLUMBIA, S.C. — LB Dantzler’s single to right drove in the winning run in the 12th innings as two-time defending College World Series champion South Carolina won its 18th straight NCAA tournament game with a 5-4 victory over rival Clemson on Saturday in the Columbia Regional.
The Gamecocks (42-17) trailed 4-2 entering their half of the eighth, but tied things on Christian Walker’s double to left and Joey Pankake’s ninth-inning single. Center fielder Thomas Brittle’s throw temporarily saved the game when he caught Chase Vergason scrambling to tag home.
Pankake got the winning rally going with a leadoff single in the 12th, then moved to third on Evan Marzilli’s hit. That’s when Dantzler smacked the ball over right fielder Brad Felder’s head to easily bring home Pankake.
The Gamecocks need one more win to advance to the super regionals. Clemson (34-27) must win three games.
Coastal Carolina 11, Manhattan 1: Tyler Herb pitched a two-hitter and Jacob May hit a three-run homer as Coastal Carolina knocked Manhattan out of the NCAA tournament.
May led off the sixth with a single and scored the tiebreaking run that put Coastal (42-18) ahead for good. May broke things open an inning later with his three-run shot to right for his second homer of the season.
The Jaspers (33-27) lost two straight in a regional for the second straight year. Herb (9-2) never gave Manhattan a chance, allowing just a second-inning double to Joe McClennan through the first eight innings.
Virginia 9, Army 1: Branden Cogswell drove in four runs, Branden Kline pitched 5 2/3 strong innings and Virginia beat Army in the completion of the opener at the Charlottesville Regional.
Kline (7-3) pitched an inning Friday before the game was suspended because of rain. He allowed six hits and one earned run over the two days.
Army ace Chris Rowley (11-1) also came back after throwing eight pitches on Friday, and labored. He walked five, hit four and allowed five hits, the last Cogswell’s three-run double in the sixth that made it 6-1.
Appalachian State 5, Oklahoma 4: Ryan Arrowood baffled Oklahoma on two hits for 7 2/3 innings and Appalachian State held off a rally by the Sooners in the ninth to win in the Mountaineers’ first NCAA tournament appearance in 26 years.
Arrowood (11-0) had a no-hitter for 6 1/3 innings before Max White’s single to center. He allowed one run, struck out nine and walked three. Closer Nathan Hyatt escaped a jam in the eighth, but he and Ryne Frankoff struggled to finish it in the ninth.
Trey Holmes had three hits and scored twice, and brother Noah drove in a pair for Appalachian State (40-16). The last three hitters in the Mountaineers’ lineup accounted for seven of the team’s 10 hits.
Left-hander Jordan John (8-7) worked into the ninth for Oklahoma (38-23), but made two of the Sooners’ four errors.
College of Charleston 8, Bethune-Cookman 2: Matt Pegler pitched a two-hitter, Daniel Aldrich homered and College of Charleston eliminated Bethune-Cookman.
Pegler (10-2) pitched his first complete game and struck out a career-high nine, and Aldrich also hit an RBI double and single for the Cougars (38-21).
The Wildcats (34-27) went 14 1-3 innings before getting their first hit in the NCAA tournament. They were no-hit by Florida’s Jonathon Crawford on Friday and went five-plus innings Saturday before Carlos Delgado’s grounder up the middle ricocheted off the second-base bag for a single. Josh Johnson followed with a two-run homer.
CORAL GABLES REGIONAL
Missouri State 12, Miami 2: Kennen Maddox drove in four runs to lead Missouri State to a win over Miami in an elimination game in the Coral Gables Regional.
Miami finished 36-23 and failed to win a tournament game for the first since going 0-2 in the 1993 South Regional at Baton Rouge, La. In the two losses this year, the Hurricanes were outscored 22-4. Miami had won 13 straight regional championships when serving as the host.
Missouri State (40-21) scored seven runs in the first inning sending 11 batters to the plate off Steven Ewing (6-3), who lasted just two-thirds of an inning.
Pierce Johnson (4-6) struck out seven in eight innings for the Bears.