Gamecocks lay lumber to Liberty; English goes deep

South Carolina won its 26th consecutive home NCAA Tournament game in record-setting fashion, blasting Liberty 19-0 on Saturday night to advance to the finals of the Columbia Regional.

The Gamecocks struck for three runs in the first inning, and St. James High product Tanner English’s two-run homer capped a four-run third for an early 7-0 lead. English went 3-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

It was more than enough run support for starter Jordan Montgomery, who pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit baseball to earn the win and send the Gamecocks one more win from next week’s Super Regional round.

South Carolina added a pair of runs in the fifth, one in the sixth, and then exploded for nine runs in the eighth. The Flames committed five errors, the same number of hits they had for the game.

Liberty faces a rematch with Clemson on Sunday, with the winner advancing to face the Gamecocks on Sunday, and Monday if necessary.

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