Maryland ends Gamecocks’ season in NCAA Regionals

uscbase-batFirst Maryland snapped South Carolina’s NCAA record 28-game home playoff winning streak. Then the Terrapins broke the Gamecocks’ hearts.

Top-seeded South Carolina (44-18) was eliminated following a 10-1 loss to the Terps on Sunday night, their second meeting in 24 hours and the third game during the same time span for the Gamecocks.

After USC dropped a 4-3 decision to second-seeded Maryland on Saturday night in the NCAA Columbia Regional at Carolina Stadium, the Gamecocks returned Sunday morning to defeat Campbell 9-0. They seemed to run out of steam in Sunday’s nightcap.

It’s the first time since 2009 South Carolina hasn’t advanced to a Super Regional and the first time since 1976 it has lost a regional at home.

South Carolina managed nine hits on the night, including two apiece from first baseman Kyle Martin and center fielder Tanner English.

Maryland tallied 13 hits, with center fielder Charlie White going 3-for-4 to lead the way. Jose Cuas, Blake Schmit and Anthony Papio added two hits each.

Terrapin reliever Tayler Stiles (5-2) earned the win after working two scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out one. Reliever Bobby Ruse picked up his first save of the season by working the final 3 1/3 innings and giving up just a hit with three strikeouts.

Gamecocks starting pitcher Joel Seddon (3-2) took the loss as he surrendered five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings on the mound, the longest outing of his career. He matched his career-high in strikeouts with six.

The defeats came with the loss of South Carolina’s 28-game home NCAA Tournament winning streak . The Gamecocks’ last home NCAA Tournament loss was to Miami (5-2) in a Super Regional on June 8, 2002, only to have two on consecutive days.

Maryland (39-21) moves on to next week’s super regional against a team to be determined.

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