COLUMBIA — Tommy Bell walked on a 3-2 pitch from Thomas Farr with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the eighth inning and No. 11 overall seed Old Dominion slipped past South Carolina 2-1 in the winners bracket of the Columbia Regional on Saturday.
Kenny Lavari and Carter Trice opened the eighth with back-to-back singles for the Monarchs (44-14), advancing a base on a groundout by Brock Gagliardi. Farr (3-7) retired the next batter before walking Matt Coutney intentionally to load the bases for Bell. Coutney hit a solo homer off Farr in the second. Will Sanders came in to strike out Robbie Petracci to end the Monarchs' rally.
Ryne Moore (9-1) was stellar in his start for Old Dominion, allowing one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings, striking out eight. Aaron Holiday pitched the final two innings to earn his first save, striking out four, including the side in the eighth.
The Gamecocks (34-22) scored their run in the fourth on a Joe Satterfield sacrifice fly.
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South Carolina will play Virginia in an elimination game on Sunday. Old Dominion awaits the winner on Monday.