Gamecocks battle back to beat Ohio State in NCAA tournament


It took another late comeback, but the South Carolina baseball team battled back from a late 2-0 deficit to beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 8-3 in their first game of the 2018 NCAA tournament.

Starting things off in the East Carolina regional, Ohio State got things started in the second inning with a solo home run to go up 1-0.

They then added another run late in the game which is when Gamecock fans started to worry.

In the bottom of the seventh, however, the Gamecocks came alive when Danny Blair hit a 3-run home run over the right field fence to give South Carolina the lead.

After that, the team never looked back as they cruised to victory.

"I've had a few home runs in my life, but probably the best feeling yet," Blair said. "Turning second base and then looking at your team, that's probably the best part about it."

While the Gamecocks have become notorious for these late battles this season, head coach Mark Kingston said he'd like to see more offensive production earlier in the game as the tournament progresses.

"We'd love to win 10-0, but that just doesn't seem to be how we play," Kingston said. "Every day when we show up, I don't know if we're gonna win, I don't know if we're gonna lose, but I know we're gonna fight."

The Gamecocks move on to the winner's bracket where they await the winner of Friday night's late game between East Carolina and UNC-Wilmington.

South Carolina vs ECU/UNCW will be at 5 pm at ECU on Saturday.

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