CHAPEL HILL, NC (WIS) - In a back-and forth 'win or go home' affair, the Tar Heels outlasted the Gamecocks in Chapel Hill to end the University of South Carolina's streak of appearances in the College World Series.
USC was trying to make the series for the fourth year in a row, but fell short 5-4 in the deciding game of the best-of-three Super Regional Series on Tuesday.
USC got on the board first in the second inning on a Tanner English two-out single to center.
Later that inning, Gamecock starter Jack Wynkoop gave up his first home run of the season, allowing the Tar Heels to take the lead 2-1.
In the 5th, the Gamecocks regained the lead after a Tar Heel center fielder dropped a routine fly ball with two outs and two runners on. That was the second of two errors in the inning for North Carolina. Both runners scored and USC went up 3-2.
The Gamecocks added another run to go up 4-2 in the 6th when Tanner English doubled down the left field line.
North Carolina added a run in the bottom of the 6th on a triple down the right field line. Then, with runners on the corners, an ill-advised throw from Kyle Martin to second base after a flyout to centerfield allowed the Tar Heels to score another run and tie the game up at 4-4.
Tyler Webb was inserted into the game with the bases loaded and pitched his way to a full count before walking a Tar Heel runner in for the go-ahead run.
The Gamecocks end Chad Holbrook's first season as head coach with a record of 43-20.
The Tar Heels (57-10) are the No. 1 overall seed and have now reached the College World Series for the sixth time in eight seasons.
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