COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer in a five-run eighth inning to rally top-seeded South Carolina to a 9-5 victory over Bucknell in the second game of the Columbia Regional on Friday night.
The Gamecocks (44-15) trailed 5-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning. Bradley capped the rally with his 10th home run — an opposite field shot that just cleared the left-field fence. Adrian Morales later added a three-run home run in the inning.
South Carolina scored in each of the last three innings after scoring two runs over a 26-inning stretch dating back to the SEC Tournament. Evan Marzilli hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Robert Beary delivered a sacrifice fly in the seventh before Bradley's heroics.
Michael Roth (1-1) earned the win with 3 1-3 innings of hitless relief.
David Greene hit a two-run homer, Bryan Altman had three of The Citadel's 13 hits, and the Bulldogs beat Virginia Tech 7-2 Friday in the opening game of the Columbia Regional.
Matt Talley gave up eight hits and struck out three in seven innings for The Citadel (43-20).
Sean Ryan had a two-run homer with two outs in the seventh for the Hokies (38-21).
The Bulldogs scored four runs in the second. Altman doubled to lead off the inning and Justin Mackert followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Kyle Jordan's sacrifice scored Altman, and Greene followed with his seventh home run of the season. Nick Orvin added a sacrifice fly in the inning.
Grant Richards had a two-run single in the sixth and Altman added an RBI single in the seventh.
Will Lamb went 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs to help Clemson cruise to a 10-1 victory over Southern Mississippi on Friday in the opening game of the Auburn Regional.
Scott Weismann allowed four hits and one run over seven innings for the Tigers (39-21), who scored six runs in the sixth inning. Weismann (7-2) struck out six and walked one before exiting after a 34-minute rain delay going into the eighth.
The Tigers blew the game open in the sixth, getting a two-run single from Jeff Schaus and a leadoff homer from John Hinson to chase starter Scott Copeland (11-1).
Tyler Koelling drove in the only run for Southern Miss (35-23) with a double in the fifth.
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