The Maryland baseball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regional for the first time in school history with a 10-1 rout of host South Carolina on Sunday night.
This victory gave the second-seeded Terps the championship in the Columbia (S.C.) Regional. Maryland beat top-seeded South Carolina for the second time in two days in its home stadium. The Gamecocks had won 28 straight NCAA Tournament games before the Terps edged them, 4-3, on Saturday.
Maryland (39-21) needed just this one win to lock up the regional crown. South Carolina (44-18) could have snatched it away with a win in this game plus a victory in a rematch that would have been played tomorrow. But the Terps took care of that by scoring 10 straight runs after South Carolina grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first, sealing the deal with a four-run ninth inning.
The Terps now go to meet ACC rival Virginia, which won its regional Sunday night with a 9-2 victory over Arkansas. Maryland and the Cavaliers will play in best-of-3 series starting at some point next weekend.
Blake Schmit led Maryland with three RBIs while Anthony Papio added two more. Charlie White helped with three hits while the Terps got at least one hit or one run from everyone in their starting lineup.
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The Terps also got a lot of help from their bullpen. Taylor Stiles (5-2) came off after starter Jake Drossner was lifted in the fourth and threw two shutout innings. Bobby Ruse then went the final 3 1/3 innings, also not allowing a run, to clinch the win.