College World Series
Thursday, July 31
SOUTH CAROLINA 11, LSU 10


OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Landon Powell, Matt Campbell and South Carolina had plenty of poise down the stretch against Louisiana State.

Powell drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning and Campbell pitched 5 1/3 solid innings of relief as the Gamecocks eliminated the Tigers from the College World Series with a wild 11-10 triumph.

South Carolina (45-22-1), which will play the loser of Sunday night's game between Stanford and Cal State Fullerton, scored six times with two outs in the bottom of the first inning and chased LSU starter Bo Pettit.

"What got me out of the game was not getting ahead of batters," Pettit said. "Getting the first two outs and not the third is going to stick with me for a while."

Thanks to stellar relief by Jason Determann and a homer and four RBI from Quinn Stewart, LSU (45-21) rallied to take a 10-7 lead in the fifth inning.

"I knew they would be back and they would come storming back," South Carolina coach Ray Tanner said. "I was just hoping we would get some more runs."

The Gamecocks pulled within 10-8 in the seventh on a home run by Kevin Melillo before scoring three runs in the eighth. Steven Tolleson led off with a single off Determann and Jon Coutlangus walked before Justin Harris advanced the runners with a sacrifice.

Brian Buscher greeted Billy Sadler (1-2) with a single to right field that drove in Tolleson.

"I was just looking for a hit," Buscher said. "I had not had one all tournament until then so I was glad to squeeze one through the infield."

"My first pitch was a changeup and he was right on it," Sadler said. "They were all over me."

Tigers right fielder Jon Zeringue misplayed the ball, allowing Coutlangus to score the tying run. Powell followed with a double to left-center on a hit-and-run play that brought in Buscher to give South Carolina a 11-10 edge.

"I went up there loose, he gave me a fastball and I hit it," Powell said.

"I just wanted to have a chance to beat them," Tanner said. "They were hitting good pitches and they were hitting bad pitches. Matt Campbell had a great game for us just as Jason Determann did for them."

Campbell (6-4) yielded one unearned run and two hits, finishing with a perfect ninth to eliminate the Tigers. He retired 13 consecutive batters via groundouts before striking out Ivan Naccarata to end it.

"As soon as I saw his curveball and slider looking good I knew LSU would have problems," Powell said of Campbell.

South Carolina was 6-for-12 with runners in scoring position, while LSU went 2-for-6.

"I wish things were different," Sadler said. "Determann threw a heck of a game and our hitters never quit."

"It was a great comeback and we kept battling, but we felt satisfied and started waiting for pitches," LSU coach Smoke Laval said.

LSU lost to a Southeastern Conference opponent at the College World Series for the first time after six wins.

"We are not satisfied making it here," Pettit said. "We came here to win. It is tough to see the looks on guys' faces. It was great to see the comeback but heartbreaking at the end."



 

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