Despite heavy rains in the midlands of South Carolina all day Sunday, NCAA officials were hopeful to play and complete game two of the 2012 Super Regional between South Carolina and Oklahoma. Thanks in large part to the drainage system at Carolina Stadium and hard work by its ground's crew, the game began on time. With an opening in the weather, officials were hoping to get the game finished before the second line of storms moved through the area.
Unfortunately, a pitcher's duel between Carolina's Colby Holmes and Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray was halted following the fifth inning due to severe weather in the area at 8:26 EST.
The story prior to the weather was the performances on the mound by Holmes and Gray. Gray struck out the side in the first and had eight strikeouts through five innings. Carolina had a scoring opportunity in the third after Tanner English led off with a single, the first hit of the game on either side. After a Chase Vergason sacrifice bunt and Dante Rosenberg groundout, Joey Pankake drew a two-out walk. Both were stranded after Evan Marzilli struck out to end the inning, his second of the game. LB Dantzler singled in the fourth for the only other Gamecock hit but was left there.
Holmes followed up his impressive performance in last week's Regional by throwing five innings, giving up just one hit on a Max White bunt single. Holmes worked himself into some trouble in the third on a pair of walks and a Caleb Bushyhead fielder's choice. With runners on the corners and two outs, Holmes got out of the threat when Erik Ross flew out to center to end the inning. It was the first two walks Holmes has surrendered in his last four starts at home.
The game resumed at 9:30 after a 1 hour, 4 minute delay in which it did not rain the entire delay. As soon as Gray and the Sooners took the field, it began raining again. Pankake singled to lead off the sixth and Adam Matthews drew a two-out walk, but LB Dantzler grounded out to second to end the inning as the downpour began, forcing the second stoppage of play at 9:40. This time, Mother Nature made sure there would be no more baseball for the evening as the skies opened up and the rain poured down. The game was officially suspended at 9:56 EST.
The conclusion of game two will be Monday, but there has been no game time announced. Fans will need to bring their tickets for re-entry.
Game two suspended
Gamecock Anthem Top Stories
Updated Scout 300 Trend Meter For 2017The updated Scout 300 Trend Meter for the 2017 class takes a look at which schools are trending for each uncommitted member in the Scout 300.
Scout FootballYesterday at 5:40 AM
SEC Recruiting NotebookNews, notes and recruiting scoop out of the SEC...
Scout FootballMonday at 6:00 AM
New Head Coaches Mid-Season ReportThere were a lot of college football head coaching changes before this season. Let's take a look at how a few have fared so far this season.
Scout's Top 25 Recruiting ClassesScout has a new top school in the recruiting rankings. Take a look at capsules for the top 25 classes in the country, including a new number one.