Facing elimination, both TCU and South Carolina came up with wins on Friday to force a second and deciding game between their opponents to determine next week’s best of three championship series.
TCU beat UCLA 6-2 handing the Bruins their first loss. Then South Carolina beat in-state rival Clemson 5-1 forcing a game Saturday night.
TCU bounced back after taking their first loss of the tournament on Monday, a 6-3 final at the hands of UCLA. Matt Purke remained undefeated as the freshman won his nation leading and school record 16th game, combining with Tyler Lockwood to hold UCLA to four singles in a 6-2 win.
TCU hit three homers with Taylor Featherston going deep off Garett Claypool to give TCU a three run lead in the bottom of the seventh after the Bruins (50-15) had closed to 3-2.
South Carolina starter Michael Roth tossed a complete game three hitter for the Gamecocks’ 5-1 win over Clemson on Friday night. Roth (2-1) dominated the Tigers giving up singles in the third, eighth and ninth innings.
South Carolina quickly jumped out to the lead and never looked back, scoring a run in each of the first four innings.
TCU and UCLA play at 1 p.m. Omaha time and USC and Clemson play at 6 p.m. Omaha time. The winners advance to Monday night’s championship game one in the best of three series.