Final in 12
South Carolina 3
7:00 PM ET, June 24, 2010
Thomas caps 12th-inning rally to lift South Carolina past Oklahoma
OMAHA, Neb. -- South Carolina's Brady Thomas was 0 for 5 with two strikeouts and a bad bunt attempt in his previous at-bat when he came up in the 12th inning with two outs and the Gamecocks tied with Oklahoma.No worries."I knew the pressure was going to be on them," he said.The confident Thomas swung at closer Ryan Duke's first pitch, drilling it into center field to score Jackie Bradley from second and give the Gamecocks a 3-2 victory in a College World Series elimination game Thursday night.The Gamecocks (50-16) were down to their last strike when Bradley's full-count base hit past first baseman Cameron Seitzer brought in Robert Beary from second to tie it. Bradley also was 0 for 5 before he delivered his big hit."You keep battling and you hope it falls your way," Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner said. "It's a game of percentages. It's not going to happen for you all the time, but you have to believe it's going to work out sometimes. We lost a close one to them and kept thinking that maybe we could get one tonight."South Carolina lost its CWS opener 4-3 to the Sooners, then knocked out No. 1 seed Arizona State on Tuesday before winning again Thursday. Now the Gamecocks (50-16) will play in-state rival Clemson in the Bracket 2 final Friday night. They have to beat Clemson twice to reach the best-of-three championship round."Right now Clemson is in the catbird seat," Tanner said. "They've done their job to get where they are. I know they're excited to be where they are, and we're excited to still be playing."
• South Carolina was 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position in the 12th inning Thursday after being 1-for-18 through its first 20 innings against Oklahoma.
• Oklahoma lost for first time this season when leading after six innings. They were 41-0.
• Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hit streak to 19 games.
• Oklahoma's loss means the CWS will have a first-time champion. The Sooners were the only team left who had won.
|2nd||C Bushyhead singled to center, T Ogle scored, C Seitzer to third.||1||0|
|8th||C Walker singled to left, E Marzilli scored, W Merrifield to second.||1||1|
|12th||T Ogle homered to right.||2||1|
|12th||J Bradley Jr. singled to right, R Beary scored.||2||2|
|12th||B Thomas singled to shallow center, J Bradley Jr. scored, J Jones to second.||2||3|
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|Weather:||81 degrees, mostly sunny|
|Wind:||8 mph, out to left|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Aj Lostaglio, First Base - Paul Guillie, Second Base - Kelly Gonzales, Third Base - David Savage|