COLUMBIA — Charlie White had two hits and scored twice as Maryland ended South Carolina’s 28-game NCAA Tournament home winning streak and took control of the Columbia regional with a 4-3 victory Saturday night.
The Gamecocks (43-17) hadn’t lost an NCAA game at home since 2002 and the Terps (38-21) didn’t appear to be likely candidates to stop them in their first NCAA appearance since 1971. But Maryland led 4-0 in the second inning and held on to remain perfect in NCAA play. The Terps need only to win tonight to reach the Super Regionals.
“The atmosphere (at Carolina Stadium) is a really strong atmosphere,” Maryland coach John Szefc said. “I’m really happy with the way our guys responded.”
The Gamecocks must defeat Campbell (41-20) today, then top Maryland twice to move on.
The Gamecocks beat the Camels in Friday’s opener.
LaMonte Wade had two hits and an RBI for the Terrapins. Brandon Lowe drove in a run and saw two more score on his grounder in the three-run second on third baseman Joey Pankake’s throwing error.
Jack Wynkoop started for the Gamecocks and last just 1⅓ innings. He gave up four runs – two earned – on six hits.
Former South Aiken star Taylor Widener came on in relief and held Maryland scoreless over the final 6⅓ innings. He allowed just two hits, four walks and had six strikeouts.
South Carolina had a few chances to tie the game late, but couldn’t capitalize.
“We had a few opportunities to win the game. We put some good swings on it. It just didn’t go our way,” Gamecocks head coach Chad Holbrook said.
It was the second one-run victory in as many days for the Terrapins, who opened with a 4-3 win over Old Dominion.
Mike Shawaryn started and allowed three runs on five hits in 6⅓ innings for the Terps.