June 6, 2010
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Gamecocks use six-run
sixth to capture Columbia Regional
By Phil Stanton
COLUMBIA, S.C. – They came from behind in all
three regional wins.
Bradley Jr. (left) had a three-run homer to cap a six-run sixth
as top-seeded South Carolina defeated second-seeded Virginia
Tech 10-2 on Sunday evening to win the Columbia Regional in
front of 6,233 fans at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks will meet the winner of the Myrtle
Beach Regional in the Super Regional. Top-seeded Coastal
Carolina and second-seeded College of Charleston will play on
Monday evening to determine South Carolina’s opponent.
“I’m very happy to be in this position right now,
said Gamecock head coach Ray Tanner. “Our guys did a terrific
job for three days. We got behind all three games. We battled
hard and played good defense, continued to get some good
pitching. Hitting was timely. We played about as good as we can,
and we’re looking forward to continuing playing.”
South Carolina fell behind early as it did each
of the past two days. Michael Seaborn drew a one-out walk in the
bottom of the first for the Hokies (40-22) and Steve Domecus
followed with a long home run to left to give Tech a 2-0
advantage. It was his 13th long ball this season.
The Gamecocks scored single runs in the fourth
and fifth to tie it. Brady Thomas had a leadoff double in the
fourth and came home on a two-base hit by Christian Walker. Evan
Marzilli singled an inning later and scored on a sacrifice fly
by Bradley to even it at 2-2.
South Carolina took control in the sixth. Walker
and Kyle Enders had back-to back one-out singles. Bobby Haney
flew out to center, moving Walker to third. Scott Wingo sent a
base hit up the middle to plate Walker with the go-ahead run.
Evan Marzilli and Whit Merrifield added run-scoring singles,
chasing Hokie starter Mathew Price. Bradley greeted reliever
Sean McDermott with a long homer to right to give the Gamecocks
an 8-2 advantage.
The dinger extended Bradley’s hit streak to 14
USC added single runs in the seventh and eighth
to round out the scoring.
“I was ecstatic,” Bradley (left) said about the victory.
“To get this far and finally do it, it feels great. But once
again, we’ll let it settle in for a couple of hours, and then we
have to get back to work. We’re still not there yet.”
Gamecock starter Jay Brown lasted 3.2 innings and
turned the ball over to Jose Mata, who was superb out of the
pen. Mata (7-1) pitched 4.1 scoreless innings with two hits, no
walks and a career-high five strikeouts.
“I just went out there and tried to pound the
zone,” Mata said. “I tried to get ahead of hitters as much as I
Michael Roth tossed a perfect ninth to preserve
Price allowed 11 hits and seven runs in 5.2
innings with no walks and three strikeouts.
Bradley finished with four RBI, while Marzilli
went 3 for 5 with two runs and one RBI.
Domecus had two hits and
two RBI for the Hokies.
“Disappointing end to a great day of baseball,”
said Hokie head coach Pete Hughes. “We got to play twice in a
great venue. I wish we could have played better, but we didn’t.
I’m really proud of the way my kids battled and represented a
Virginia Tech reached the NCAA Tournament for the
first time since 2000.
"That's our next goal, to become a consistent
winner," Hughes said. "That's the next goal in the evolution of
the program. You go from winning to regional play to knocking on
the road to Omaha, then sustaining it. I love the direction
Columbia Regional All-Tournament Team
C Kyle Enders, South Carolina
1B Austin Wates, Virginia Tech
2B Bryan Altman*, The Citadel
SS Kyle Jordan, The Citadel
3B Adrian Morales*, South Carolina
OF Evan Marzilli, South Carolina
OF Buddy Sosnoski, Virginia Tech
OF Jackie Bradley Jr., South Carolina
DH Brady Thomas, South Carolina
P Blake Cooper, South Carolina
P Matt Talley, The Citadel
Most Outstanding Player: Adrian Morales,
(photo by Jimmy Jones)