Madison Stokes drove in three runs and South Carolina won its fourth straight to capture the NCAA tournament’s Columbia Regional with a 10-5 victory Tuesday over UNC Wilmington.
The Gamecocks (46-16) will host Oklahoma State, which ousted No. 7 national seed Clemson last weekend, in the best-of-3 super regionals starting Saturday. That winner will get a spot in the College World Series.
That seemed an unlikely goal after South Carolina was stunned at home, 5-4 by Rhode Island, in its regional opener Friday night. But the Gamecocks found their offense and timely pitching to advance to their first super regional since 2013.
It happened for a second consecutive game against the Seahawks (41-19), who fell behind 5-1 in the fourth and could not catch up. Alex Destino, DC Arendas and John Jones each drove in two runs for the Gamecocks. Reliever Josh Reagan worked three innings for the win.
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Best-of-3 series begin Friday (denoted by *) and Saturday (**)
Arizona (42-21) at Mississippi State (44-16)*
Miami (48-11) at Boston College (34-20)*
East Carolina (37-21) at Texas Tech (44-17)*
TCU (45-15) at Texas A&M (48-14)*
UC Santa Barbara (40-18) at Louisville (50-12)**
Okla. State (39-20) at South Carolina (46-16)**
Florida State (40-20) at Florida (50-13)**
Coastal Carolina (47-16) at LSU**