A gutsy outing from senior Blake Cooper. A clutch single from Christian Walker. A lights-out three inning relief performance from Matt Price. Oklahoma's go-ahead homer in the 12th. Jackie Bradley, Jr's single on what would have been the final strike of the season. And finally Brady Thomas' first-pitch single to send Bradley sliding into home.
As a Gamecock fan, it was one of those times where I'll never forget where I was when that winning run touched home plate. I remarked to someone last night that I've been fortunate enough to be in the building for three of South Carolina's most memorable wins - the football win against Ole Miss, men's basketball's upset of No. 1 Kentucky and last night's dramatic walk-off.
Where were you when the Gamecocks scored the winning run last night? What was your reaction?
Here's some news links about last night's dramatic win:
-Gamecocks score 2 in 12th to stay alive, face rival Tigers today - Travis Haney, Charleston Post & Courier
This one was for Bayler.
On a night when one of South Carolina's smallest -- and yet biggest -- fans lost his battle with cancer, his team rallied like it never had before.
Wherever he was by late Thursday night, 7-year-old Bayler Teal liked the way this one turned out.
Down to their final swing of the season, with two outs in the 12th inning, South Carolina found a way. And it will play on in the College World Series after a 3-2 victory at sold-out Rosenblatt Stadium that instantly goes into the record books as one of the program's best victories of all time.
-Brady Thomas delivers game-winner for USC vs. OU - Brad Senkiw, Anderson Independent Mail
Brady Thomas came to the plate in the 12th inning looking to atone for an embarrassing pop-up bunt in the 10th inning against Oklahoma.
He simply created a memory that will last a lifetime -- many lifetimes.
-Gamecocks stay alive, advance to face Tigers - Neil White, The State
Down to his last strike, Jackie Bradley breathed life back into South Carolina's baseball season with a two-out, game-tying RBI single in the 12th inning against Oklahoma.
Moments later, the fleet center fielder was rounding third and headed for home on Brady Thomas' single up the middle to give the Gamecocks a thrilling 3-2 win over the Sooners Thursday night in a College World Series elimination game at Rosenblatt Stadium.
"It was an incredible win," USC coach Ray Tanner said. "Just never-give-up day."
-Dramatic 12th-inning rally keeps Gamecocks alive - Aaron Fitt, Baseball America
In the end, it didn't matter that South Carolina was 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position heading into the 12th inning. It didn't matter that the Gamecocks failed to get bunts down in key spots in the 11th and 12th. It didn't matter that Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brady Thomas were a combined 0-for-10 heading into that 12th inning.
"We struggled early on, but we were just able to flush it," Thomas said.
-Gamecocks save best for last - Kendall Rogers, Yahoo! Sports
Deep down, everyone's heart in the State of South Carolina sank when Oklahoma catcher Tyler Ogle blasted a home run in the top of the 12th inning against South Carolina to give the Sooners a 2-1 advantage in an elimination game.
Oklahoma appeared headed for the bracket final with a spot in the College World Series championship series on the line. Palmetto State fans with hopes of seeing the Gamecocks square off with heated rival Clemson this weekend saw that dream slipping away.