COLUMBIA (AP) — Tommy Bell walked on a 3-2 pitch from Thomas Farr with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the eighth inning as No. 11 overall seed Old Dominion slipped past South Carolina 2-1 in the winners bracket of the Columbia Regional on Saturday at Founders Park.
U(SC will play Virginia at noon on Sunday in an elimination game. The Cavaliers, who lost to Carolina 4-3 on Friday, eliminated Jacksonville earlier on Saturday with a 13-8 victory.
Old Dominion will await the winner of the USC-UVa contest in a scheduled 7 p.m. start. The Monarchs need just one win to advance to the super regional, while their foe will have to beat them twice. If a second game is needed, it will be played on Monday.’
Kenny Lavari and Carter Trice opened the eighth with back-to-back singles for the Monarchs, who improved to 44-14 on the season. They advanced a base on a groundout by Brock Gagliardi. Farr, who started on the mound for the Gamecocks and fell to 3-7 on the season, retired the next batter before walking Matt Coutney intentionally to load the bases to face Bell. Coutney had hit a solo home run off Farr in the second for ODU’s other run.
After the walk to Bell, Will Sanders came on for Farr and struck out Robbie Petracci to end the Monarchs' rally.
Farr worked 7 2/3 innings, scattering five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Ryne Moore (9-1) was stellar in his start for Old Dominion, allowing one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings, striking out eight. Aaron Holiday pitched the final two innings to earn his first save, striking out four, including the side in the eighth.
The Gamecocks, who fell to 34-22, scored their run in the fourth on a Joe Satterfield sacrifice fly. He delivered Braylen Wimmer, who had doubled.
South Carolina will play Virginia in an elimination game on Sunday. Old Dominion awaits the winner on Monday.
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