College World Series
Wednesday, July 23
SOUTH CAROLINA 15, MIAMI FLA 11
OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Miami made South Carolina sweat. Brendan Winn became just the fourth player in College World Series history to score five runs in a game as South Carolina built a 12-run lead before holding on for a 15-11 victory over Miami in an elimination game. Winn's three-run home run made it 8-0 in the third inning before Steven Tolleson's leadoff homer started a four-run fourth that gave the Gamecocks (52-16) a 12-0 cushion. "After the last few weeks, it felt really good to get some hits and get some runs," said Winn, who also singled and walked three times. Billy Bucker (1-0) recorded the win, allowing four runs and nine hits in seven innings with a walk and 10 strikeouts. "We had to swing the bat and we had to get a quality start from Billy Buckner," said South Carolina coach Ray Tanner, whose team has scored 15 runs in consecutive games. The last team to score 15 runs in consecutive College World Series games was Louisiana State en route to the title in 1991. "We were aggressive and that was the key," Gamecocks third baseman Landon Powell said. "Our guys are not afraid to swing the bats and have been like that all year." The Hurricanes (50-13), who were eliminated after dropping consecutive games for the first time this season, made it interesting with two runs in the eighth and five in the ninth. Cliff Donald surrendered seven runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief for South Carolina, giving up five straight hits in the ninth. Zach McCamie finally got the last two outs. "Our guys fought back and made it exciting at the end," Miami coach Jim Morris said. Brandon Camardese (1-1) took the loss, yielding four runs in 1 1/3 innings. Dan Touchet gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief for the Hurricanes, who set a school record for most runs allowed in a College World Series game. "We were the best team coming out here and not to play to the best of our abilities is disappointing," Miami first baseman Jim Burt said. South Carolina advanced to the finals of Group Two, where it will need to twice beat undefeated Cal State Fullerton to reach the best-of-three championship series against either Georgia or Texas.