COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — LB Dantzler’s single to right drove in the winning run in the 12th innings as two-time defending College World Series champion South Carolina won its 18th straight NCAA tournament game with a 5-4 victory over rival Clemson on Saturday in the Columbia Regional.
The Gamecocks (42-17) trailed 4-2 entering their half of the eighth, but tied things on Christian Walker’s double to left and Joey Pankake’s ninth-inning single. Center fielder Thomas Brittle’s throw temporarily saved the game when he caught Chase Vergason scrambling to tag home.
Pankake got the winning rally going with a leadoff single in the 12th, then moved to third on Evan Marzilli’s hit. That’s when Dantzler smacked the ball over right fielder Brad Felder’s head to easily bring home Pankake.
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The Gamecocks need one more win to advance to the super regionals. Clemson (34-27) must win three games.