Here is your Columbia Regional Recap for Day 1 of action.
South Carolina 9 Bucknell 5
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A five-run rally in the eighth inning, propelled by a pair of home runs from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Adrian Morales, helped South Carolina overcome a four-run deficit and defeat Bucknell 9-5 in Friday’s second game of the NCAA Columbia Regional. The Gamecocks scored eight runs in their final three at-bats to secure their 12th-consecutive home postseason victory before 6,712 fans at Carolina Stadium.
Approximately 2,000 tickets (500 bleacher, 1,500 standing room only) are available for Saturday’s winner’s bracket game between South Carolina and The Citadel, which begins at 7 p.m. The Carolina Stadium ticket office opens at 12:30 p.m. Saturday with an elimination game between Bucknell and Virginia Tech slated for a 2 p.m. first pitch.
The Citadel 7 Virginia Tech 2
Columbia, S.C. – The Citadel extended their winning streak to 13 games as the Bulldogs upset No. 16 Virginia Tech, 7-2, in the first game of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon in front of 5,075 fans at Carolina Stadium.
The victory is the first over a ranked opponent for the Bulldogs this season. The Citadel improves to 43-20 overall while Virginia Tech falls to 38-21. It’s the first win in the NCAA Tournament since June 5, 2004 when the Bulldogs cruised past Coastal Carolina, 10-1 in Columbia.