The Gamecocks, who moved to 2-0 in the regional, improved to 42-17 on the season. The Tigers, who fell into the losers' bracket, dropped to 34-27 in 2012.
Adam Matthews' two-run homer in the fourth inning gave South Carolina a 2-0 lead,
but Clemson scored three runs in the seventh inning to take the lead. Brad Felder's
solo homer in the top of the eighth inning built the Tigers' lead to 4-2. After
scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Gamecocks tied the score in
the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings before Dantzler's game-winning
single in the 12th inning.
Evan Beal (4-4) earned the win by pitching 1.1 perfect innings with two strikeouts.
South Carolina's four pitchers combined to hold Clemson to 0-for-12 with two outs a
day after the Tigers were 10-for-17 with two outs in their 11-3 win over Coastal
Carolina. The four hurlers also combined to allow only four of Clemson's 17
baserunners to score, as the Tigers stranded 12 runners on base, including eight in
Kevin Brady (1-3) suffered the loss, as he surrendered five hits, one run, and no
walks with three strikeouts in 3.0 innings pitched. Starter Daniel Gossett pitched
7.0 strong innings. The freshman righthander gave up just four hits, two runs, and
three walks with eight strikeouts.
In the second inning, Phil Pohl led off with a single up the middle, then Jay Baum
and Jon McGibbon both walked to load the bases with no outs. Spencer Kieboom
grounded into a 6-4-3 double play as Pohl touched home plate, but the second-base
umpire ruled that McGibbon interfered with second-baseman Chase Vergason even though
his throw to first was in time for the double play. As a result, Pohl and Baum had
to return to their bases. Felder then flied out to left-center to end the inning
without the Tigers scoring.
The Tigers again appeared to score their first run in the third inning. Steve
Wilkerson drew a one-out walk and moved to second on Thomas Brittle's groundout to
second. Richie Shaffer then ripped a ball headed for centerfield, but it deflected
off Michael Roth's body and he recovered to throw to first for the inning-ending
The Gamecocks scored the game's first runs in the fourth inning. After Dantzler was
just able to check his swing on a 2-2 pitch, he walked on a 3-2 pitch with two outs.
Matthews followed with a two-run homer to left field, his fifth long ball of the
season. It was the only time through the first 6.2 innings that South Carolina
advanced a runner past first base.
In the fifth inning, Kieboom reached as the leadoff batter on a fielding error by
Vergason at second, then Felder laced a single through the right side to put runners
at first and second with no outs. Two batters later with one out, Wilkerson
grounded a ball to Pankake deep in the hole at shortstop. His only play was to
third base and he threw there to retire Kieboom for out #2. Brittle then grounded
out to second to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh inning, Kieboom led off with a line-drive single to
right-center, then Felder grounded a single through the left side. Jason Stolz's
bunt back to Roth allowed the lefthander to throw to third to retire Kieboom.
Wilkerson then lined a double down the left-field line to score Felder as Stolz
advanced to third base. Brittle followed with a single to left field to score Stolz
and move Wilkerson to third. After Brittle stole second, Shaffer walked to load the
bases. Pohl hit a sharp grounder to Vergason at second. But on the potential
inning-ending double play, Pankake's throw to first was high, enabling Pohl to reach
safely on the fielder's choice and Wilkerson to score the go-ahead run.
Pinch-hitter Joe Costigan walked to load the bases, but McGibbon flied out to
right-center to end the frame.
Vergason drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the seventh inning and Dante Rosenberg
blooped a single to right-center to advance Vergason to third. Pankake followed
with a flyball to deep right field, but Felder made a diving catch on the warning
track to end the inning.
Felder doubled Clemson's lead in the top of the eighth inning when he belted a long
solo home run to right field, his seventh long ball of the season. It was also just
the second homer allowed by Matt Price in 2012.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Evan Marzilli led off with a single to
right-center, as it was the Gamecocks' first leadoff batter to reach base in the
game. Christian Walker then grounded a double over the third-base bag to score
Marzilli. But the Tigers retired the next three Gamecocks to keep Clemson ahead
In the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Kyle Martin led off with a bloop single to
right-center. Vergason squared around to bunt on every pitch, but eventually walked
on five pitches. Rosenberg's sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base, then
Pankake singled up the middle. Pinch-runner T.J. Costen scored the tying run, but
Brittle threw out Vergason at the plate to extend the game as Pankake advanced to
second on the throw. Marzilli then lined out to center to send the game into extra
McGibbon laced a one-out double off the top of the wall in right field in the top of
the 10th inning and advanced to third on Kieboom's groundout to second. But Felder
struck out looking to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Matthews took a 2-2 pitch that just missed the
strikezone, then he belted a 3-2 pitch off the top of the wall in left-center for a
double. However, Sean Sullivan struck out to end the inning.
Stolz reached as the leadoff batter of the 11th inning on a fielding error by
Dantzler at third and advanced to second on Wilkerson's sacrifice bunt. Brittle
struck out for out #2, then Shaffer was intentionally walked. Pohl then grounded
out to short to end the inning.
Pankake led off the 12th inning with a single through the left side and Marzilli
lined a single to left-center on a hit-and-run to advance Pankake to third base with
no outs. Walker flied out to shallow right field for out #1 as both runners held
up, but Dantzler belted a 2-2 pitch to the warning track in right field for a
walkoff single to score Pankake and give South Carolina's its 18th straight NCAA
Marzilli went 3-for-6 with a run to lead South Carolina, who totaled 12 hits.
Pankake, Dantzler, and Matthews all added two hits apiece.
Felder went 3-for-5 with a homer and a game-high two runs for Clemson, who
accumulated eight hits in the contest.
Clemson will face Coastal Carolina in an elimination game on Sunday at 12:00 PM.
The Tigers will be the designated visiting team and occupy the third-base dugout.
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