Oklahoma State pulls plug on season for Gamecocks

uscbase-huddleSouth Carolina fell to Oklahoma State, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon in Game 2 of the NCAA Columbia Super Regional. With the victory, the Cowboys take the series 2-0, while South Carolina is eliminated from the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Much like Game 1 on Saturday afternoon, Sunday’s contest was a pitching-heavy affair, as both teams scored in just one inning. But the Cowboys (41-20) plated three runs in the 5th thanks in part to a pair of South Carolina (46-18) errors, and the Gamecocks were unable to come back.

Oklahoma State advances to the College World Series with the win. This is the 20th appearance all-time for the Cowboys and their first since 1999.

Junior right-hander Tyler Buffett (8-3) took the victory on the mound, allowing one run while striking out four in 7.0 innings of work. Junior right-hander Trey Cobb pitched a scoreless 9th inning to earn his fifth save of the season and his second in as many games.

Sophomore right-hander Clarke Schmidt (9-5) was the hard-luck losing pitcher; he gave up three runs in 6.0 innings while striking out six.

Senior Marcus Mooney was 3-for-4 at the plate in his final contest as a Gamecock, while fellow senior DC Arendas was 2-for-3. Gene Cone scored the lone run of the game for South Carolina.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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