Different year, different field, but the same results: USC wins a home regional. For the 11th time in the past 14 seasons the Gamecocks will be playing in a Super Regional. USC finished off Sunday’s rain suspended game with Liberty with a 6-4 win Monday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks have won 27 straight postseason games at home. Think about that for a minute. The last time USC lost a postseason game at home was June 8th 2002, 5-2 to Miami in the second game of a Super Regional matchup at Sarge Frye Field.
There is no denying the significance of home field advantage in college baseball and especially at USC. So now the question is will they get to play again in the friendly confines of Carolina Stadium? The answer is maybe, but not likely. The Gamecocks will play the winner of the Chapel Hill Regional in the next round. North Carolina is the number one national seed but the Tar Heels were stunned by Florida Atlantic last night and will play the Owls again in a winner take all game tonight. If North Carolina wins as expected, the Gamecocks will be in Chapel Hill this weekend. If FAU can pull another improbable upset the Gamecocks will face the Owls at home.
You can listen to USC coach Chad Holbrook and the Gamecock players talk about winning this weekend’s regional and get their thoughts on what lies ahead in the Super Regionals in the audio link below. We’ve also included Liberty coach Jim Toman, a former Ray Tanner assistant, sharing his thoughts on why he thinks the Gamecocks have all the components to make another postseason run.