FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – Christian Walker’s two-out three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted South Carolina to a 10-9 victory over Coastal Carolina sending the Gamecocks to the school’s ninth College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The Gamecocks are 48-15 on the year while Coastal ends its season with a 55-10 record. It was a tight Super Regional with both games decided by a run. This was South Carolina’s eighth NCAA Super Regional appearance in the last 11 years. The Gamecocks last reached Omaha in 2004.
A back and forth affair took place on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Coastal Field with the result never determined until the end. With the Gamecocks trailing by a pair of runs, South Carolina mounted a two-out rally against Coastal closer Austin Fleet with a walk to Jackie Bradley Jr. and a double by Adrian Morales. That set the stage for Walker, who after taking a pair of strikes, launched his seventh home run of the season giving the Gamecocks a one-run lead. With Gamecock reliever Matt Price on the mound, Carolina closed game out as Price retired all three batters he faced including a ground out by Rich Witten to end the game and setting off a dog pile on the mound by the Gamecock players.