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2014 Columbia (SC) Regional: Day 3 Recap

South Carolina 9 Campbell 0

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Behind a complete-game shutout from freshman Wil Crowe and 13 hits from the offense, top-seeded South Carolina cruised to a 9-0 victory over fourth-seeded Campbell on Sunday afternoon in an elimination game in the NCAA Columbia Regional in front of 5,986 fans at Carolina Stadium.

With the win, the Gamecocks (44-17) advance to play second-seeded Maryland tonight at 7 p.m. The Camels’ season comes to an end with the loss as they finish the year with a 41-21 record.

Crowe (8-3) gave South Carolina exactly what it needed in working all nine innings, allowing just four hits and striking out four batters on the afternoon. The complete game was the first of his career. It was also the first complete-game shutout by a Gamecock since Jordan Montgomery tossed one in last year’s Super Regional win over North Carolina on June 9, 2013.

Maryland 10 South Carolina 1

COLUMBIA, S.C.  Junior Bobby Ruse pumped his fist and was met by catcher Kevin Martir as the Maryland bench cleared and joined the two in celebration just in front of the pitcher’s mound as the Terps clinched the program’s first ever regional title and advanced to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday night with a 10-1 victory over South Carolina at Carolina Stadium in the Columbia Regional final.

Entering the weekend, Maryland (39-21) had only one win in three all-time NCAA Tournament appearances. But in Columbia, the Terps completed a three-game sweep of the regional dispatching of the top-seeded Gamecocks (44-18) on consecutive nights and eliminating Carolina from a home regional for the first time since 1976.

“Obviously, this is a pretty incredible night for our program, our athletic department, and I think the state of Maryland in general,” said head coach John Szefc. “I am very, very happy for our coaching staff and our players. These guys work very, very hard to get to this point.

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