South Carolina's Johnson strikes out 11 vs UNC Wilmington - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina's Johnson strikes out 11 vs UNC Wilmington

(Source: TheBigSpur.com) (Source: TheBigSpur.com)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Tyler Johnson held UNC Wilmington's potent offense to five hits and South Carolina avoided elimination for a third straight game with a 10-1 victory on Sunday, setting up a final regional showdown in the NCAA Tournament's Columbia Regional.

The Seahawks (41-18) had 22 runs and 27 hits in winning their first two regional games. But Johnson, a sophomore who hadn't started a game in two seasons, limited them to three singles, a double and a solo homer by Brian Mims.

South Carolina's attack stayed hot after defeating Rhode Island 23-2 earlier Sunday - its most ever runs scored in NCAA Tournament play. Gene Cone had a three-run double in the second inning as the Gamecocks (45-16) moved in front for good.

Johnson made it stand up. He finished with a career high 11 strikeouts and retired 15 of 16 during one stretch as the Gamecocks built their lead.

The win that sets up a rematch with the Seahawks Monday. The winner take all final is at 6 o'clock at Founders Park.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • SportsSPORTSMore>>

  • Investigators to give Ohio St report on Meyer next week

    Investigators to give Ohio St report on Meyer next week

    Friday, August 17 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-08-17 21:59:43 GMT
    Saturday, August 18 2018 2:43 AM EDT2018-08-18 06:43:12 GMT
    (AP Photo/Annie Rice, File). File-This July 24, 2018, file photo shows Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer speaking at the Big Ten Conference NCAA college football Media Days in Chicago. The Big Ten East has been called the toughest division in college f...(AP Photo/Annie Rice, File). File-This July 24, 2018, file photo shows Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer speaking at the Big Ten Conference NCAA college football Media Days in Chicago. The Big Ten East has been called the toughest division in college f...
    Ohio State says factfinders investigating coach Urban Meyer's handling of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant will deliver a report sometime next week.More >>
    Ohio State says factfinders investigating coach Urban Meyer's handling of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant will deliver a report sometime next week.More >>
  • Maryland Board of Regents takes control of McNair probe

    Maryland Board of Regents takes control of McNair probe

    Friday, August 17 2018 9:20 PM EDT2018-08-18 01:20:11 GMT
    Saturday, August 18 2018 2:19 AM EDT2018-08-18 06:19:09 GMT
    The University of Maryland Board of Regents has assumed authority over the investigation of the death of Jordan McNair, who collapsed during football practice and subsequently died.More >>
    The University of Maryland Board of Regents has assumed authority over the investigation of the death of Jordan McNair, who collapsed during football practice and subsequently died.More >>
  • ESPN will not play national anthem before Monday night games, its president says

    ESPN will not play national anthem before Monday night games, its president says

    Friday, August 17 2018 10:44 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:44:58 GMT

    ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said “we generally have not broadcasted the anthem” and that was unlikely to change this year.

    More >>

    ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said “we generally have not broadcasted the anthem” and that was unlikely to change this year.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly