The South Carolina Gamecocks are now on a 21-game postseason winning streak and the sixth team to book a trip to Omaha, Neb., for a spot in the 2012 College World Series. South Carolina defeated the Oklahoma Sooners, 5-1, on Monday afternoon in the completion of Game 2 of this 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regional.
This game started on Sunday, but weather conditions forced a postponement of the game during the bottom of the sixth inning. The score was tied at zero at the time, but that didn't last when play resumed on Monday. Oklahoma failed to capitalize on a two-out bases loaded situation by hitting into a flyout to end the sixth inning. Connor Bright began the seventh inning with a double and was replaced with T.J. Costen on the basepaths. Tanner English put down a bunt along the first baseline, which the first baseman picked up and sailed the throw over to third base. Costen scored the first run of the game. English eventually came around to score on a wild pitch.
Oklahoma responded with one run in the bottom half of the inning on an Evan Mistich single, but South Carolina roared back with three runs in the top of the eighth inning. English had a bunt RBI while Chase Vergason doubled to left center field for two RBI.
Gamecocks shutdown reliever Matt Price threw the final three innings of the game, allowed just two hits and struck out four batters.
South Carolina, winner of the previous two NCAA Baseball championships and currently on an 11-game winning streak in Omaha, joins Arizona, Florida, Florida State, Stony Brook and UCLA as the six teams already in the College World Series. On Monday night, Kent State-Oregon and Arkansas-Baylor will determine the final two spots.