Overview: Thanks to a pair of home runs from Jason Stolz and seven innings of quality work from Dominic Leone, Clemson earned the right to face South Carolina for the second-time in as many days.
The Gamecocks jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead and knocked David Haselden out of the game after just 2/3 of an inning.
Jonathan Meyer, who pitched the next 8 1/3 innings, allowed one run on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
South Carolina starter Jordan Montgomery was also solid. In his 6 2/3 innings of work, Montgomery gave up two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
Steve Wilkerson ended Montgomery's streak of 12-straight batters with a one-out single in the sixth. He scored on a Thomas Brittle double, to cut the Gamecocks' lead to 4-1. Brittle crossed home when Phil Pohl was put out on a grounder to third.
In the ninth, Clemson cut the South Carolina lead to one with two-out RBI single from Spencer Kieboom. Brad Felder's warning track fly-out to right brought an end to Clemson's 2012 season.
Turning point: On the third pitch of the game, Joey Pankake tripled off the leftfield wall then scored on an Evan Marzilli sacrifice fly to left. The turning point of the game came two batters later.
Haselden would have exited the inning with minimal damage had Jon McGibbon not thrown a sure-fire double play ball into leftfield. The inning continued and the Gamecocks added two more runs.
Key stat: Meyer's 8 1/3 innings of work. After three games in a span of just over 48 hours, Clemson's bullpen was very worn down.
Miscellaneous: The 2012 Major League Baseball Draft is scheduled to start Monday night. Richie Shaffer, who is projected to be selected in the first-round, will be the first Clemson player to be picked in this year's draft.
Up next: As he does every year around this time, Jack Leggett will have to watch and wait to see who he'll have next season.
He'll lose several seniors, including Pohl, Stolz and Felder. Along with Shaffer, Leone, Brittle, Kevin Brady and Spencer Kieboom are also eligible for the draft.
As usual, several signees are likely to be high picks in the draft. Pitchers Lucas Sims [Snellville, Ga.], Clate Schmidt [Acworth, Ga.] and Matthew Crownover [Ringgold, Ga.] could turn pro instead of attending Clemson.
BREAKDOWN: USC 4 Clemson 3
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