Gamecocks claim regional; welcome Oklahoma State

uscbase-celebSouth Carolina rallied all the way back from losing their opening game of the 2016 NCAA Columbia Regional, defeating UNCW on Tuesday by a 10-5 count to earn the Regional championship. With the victory, the Gamecocks advance to the Super Regional round, where they will host Oklahoma State Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.

For South Carolina (46-16), it will be the 12th Super Regional appearance all-time and the first since 2013. But the Gamecocks did it the hard way after falling 5-4 to Rhode Island on Friday night; this is the first of Carolina’s 12 Regional titles that have come after losing the opening game.

Sophomore Madison Stokes led the charge offensively, going 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI. Sophomore TJ Hopkins added three hits, while senior DC Arendas hit a home run and drove in a pair.

Junior southpaw Josh Reagan (3-2) was the winning pitcher after throwing 3.0 innings of relief in support of starter Taylor Widener, who made it through the first 4.0 innings. UNCW senior left-hander Ryan Foster (13-2) took the loss after giving up five runs in 3.1 innings.

Sophomores Brian Mims and Zack Canada led the Seahawks (41-19) with two hits apiece.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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