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North Carolina Takes Series Lead

Freshman Skye Bolt singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give No. 1 North Carolina a 6-5 victory over South Carolina in a see-saw Super Regional opener in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Bolt recorded his game-winning hit off of All-American reliever…

Freshman Skye Bolt singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give No. 1 North Carolina a 6-5 victory over South Carolina in a see-saw Super Regional opener in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Bolt recorded his game-winning hit off of All-American reliever Tyler Webb – who was chosen in the tenth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees on Friday. Entering the game Webb had not allowed a run in 25 of 30 relief appearances and was sporting a minuscule earned run average of 1.36.

Webb just didn’t have it against the Tar Heels (56-9), though, who came back from a two-run deficit twice in this game to push South Carolina to the brink of elimination.

Head coach Chad Holbrook’s Gamecocks (42-19) raced to a 4-2 lead against heralded North Carolina starter Kent Emanuel, a third round draft pick who lasted just 2.1 innings. USC’s early barrage was punctuated by sophomore shortstop Joey Pankake, who took Emanuel deep to left field at Boshamer Stadium – clearly not only the wall but a building behind it.

South Carolina couldn’t hold the lead though, stranding a dozen runners and committing three critical two-out errors to help keep North Carolina in the game.

Eventually, the top-seeded Heels took advantage of those Gamecock miscues – manufacturing a ninth-inning run with a leadoff single, sacrifice bunt and Bolt’s two-out single to right field (all off of Webb).

Game two of the series will be held on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EDT with ESPN providing national coverage. Sophomore southpaw Jordan Montgomery (5-1, 1.67 ERA) will start for USC while left-hander Hobbs Johnson (4-0, 2.09) will get the ball for the Tar Heels.

If South Carolina is able to even the series, a deciding third game would be held on Monday … with the winner of that contest advancing to Omaha.

The Gamecocks have advanced to each of the last three College World Series finals – defeating UCLA and Florida in 2010 and 2011, respectively, to capture the school’s first-ever national championships in a major sport. Last year USC came up short against Arizona in its effort to pull off the three-peat.

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5 comments

Polyphemos June 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I love the Gamecocks. That said, Though our bats were mighty, we fumbled and stumbled when we should have been playing heads-up defense. The Heels were PLACING hits, too.

And let’s face it. We have two great pitchers, two good pitchers and several other really nice young men who pitch.

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Slartibartfast June 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I love the Gamecocks. That said, Though our bats were mighty, we fumbled and stumbled when we should have been playing heads-up defense. The Heels were PLACING hits, too.

And let’s face it. We have two great pitchers, two good pitchers and several other really nice young men who pitch.

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Thomas June 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm

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Thomas June 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm

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GrandTango June 9, 2013 at 3:16 pm

SC up 8-0 in Game 2 in the 8th. FITS, and the rest of his idiot Clemson and liberal worhipers, will have CRAP all over their faces if SC does not give away another game to un-Carolina…
Love to see FITS choke on the gaspipe if SC can come back in the series…A lot of Dumb@$$#$ (see FITS) gave SC up for dead…and never even acknowleged Clemson’s collapse in the Regional…

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