STANFORD, Calif. - Tripp Kelly doubled home two runs in the fifth inning to lift South Carolina to a 4-3 victory over Stanford in an NCAA Super Regional on Saturday.
The two teams will now play today with a berth in the College World Series on the line. Stanford defeated the Gamecocks 11-1 late Friday night in the series opener.
Blake Taylor (5-3), the winning pitcher in last week's regional championship, did not allow an earned run in 2 1/3 innings of relief to gain the victory. Lee Gronkiewicz went the final 2 2/3 innings to record his NCAA-leading 19th save.
Gamecocks' starter Gary Bell lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Mike Gosling (7-2) lost his second straight decision after a seven-game winning streak. He allowed three runs on four hits in four-plus innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Stanford took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch and Jason Cooper doubled ahead of Andy Topham's infield grounder which scored one run, and Jonny Ash's sacrifice fly.
Gosling, who had a no-hitter after four innings, allowed hits to the first four batters of the fifth before departing. Tim Whittaker and Bryon Jeffcoat singled ahead of Brennan Dees' RBI single. Kelly followed with his double to end Gosling's day.
Whittaker added an RBI double against John Hudgins in the sixth.
The Cardinal rallied for a run in the seventh, helped by a South Carolina error, to close within 4-3. Scott Dragicevich dribbled an infield single off Taylor's glove, who then threw the ball into right field trying to get Dragicevich at first. Arik VanZandt followed with a soft liner into short right which Jeffcoat caught going away from the infield, allowing Dragicevich to score.
At Metairie, La. Tulane 9, LSU 4
METAIRIE, La. - Jon Kaplan and Andy Cannizaro homered as Tulane beat LSU and tied the best-of-three NCAA super regional at one game apiece.
Tulane snapped LSU's 18-game postseason winning streak against Louisiana teams under retiring coach Skip Bertman.
Tulane which leads the nation in victories at 54-11, had beaten LSU (44-21-1) twice during the season, but lost, 4-3, in the opening game of the super regional Friday night.
The winner of Game 3 today will advance to the College World Series. LSU, which has won five national titles under Bertman, is looking for its 12th trip to the series. Tulane has never made it to the CWS.
Tulane had five hits and four runs off LSU starter Jason Scobie in the first inning. Kaplan homered on the third pitch of the game. Anthony Giarrantano had a two-run single in the sixth inning and Cannizaro homered in the seventh.
LSU's David Raymer homered in the seventh inning.
At Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska 9, Rice 6, 10 innings
Jeff Leise's single in the 10th inning drove in the go-ahead run as Nebraska rallied past Rice, sweeping the super regional and advancing to the College World Series for the first time.
Adam Stern had three RBIs for the Huskers (50-14), including a two-run single in the ninth that tied the game at 5-all.
A.J. Porfirio had two home runs and Kenny Baugh pitched 8 1-3 solid innings for the Rice (47-20), which was gunning for its third CWS appearance.