Gamecocks gain separation in seventh

June, 26, 2010

OMAHA, Neb. -- South Carolina is six outs away from playing UCLA for the national title.

After Clemson tied things up in the top of the seventh, the Gamecocks answered with two more in the bottom half for a 4-2 lead. Christian Walker, who homered earlier in the game, and Adrian Morales each had RBI singles.

Clemson coach Jack Leggett argued that Whit Merrifield interfered with catcher John Nester after he struck out, impeding Nester's chance of throwing out Evan Marzilli at second. It appeared Leggett had a solid argument, as the right-handed hitting Merrifield crossed the plate after whiffing, and Nester's throw sailed into center field. But the Tigers didn't get the call, Marzilli went on to third with two outs, and Walker and Morales followed with their key hits.

Center fielder Wilson Boyd made a running, leaping catch to end the inning and prevent South Carolina from breaking things open.

Still, Clemson has had trouble scoring in two games against the Gamecocks, and they'll need a late rally to avoid being sent home by their rival for the second time since 2002.

Brian Bennett | email

ESPN Staff Writer



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