At some point or another, the ride has to end for South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.
But, for now, the Gamecocks keep on winning and will ride their NCAA-record winning streak of 19 games into the Super Regionals thanks to a win over Manhattan and two victories over arch-rival Clemson.
The Gamecocks picked up three straight stellar pitching performances from Colby Holmes, Michael Roth and Jordan Montgomery and came up with just enough juice to get past Clemson and advance to the Super Regionals for the third straight season.
Here's a quick rundown of each game from this past weekend's Regional play for the Gamecocks:
It's easy to see why the NCAA wanted Clemson and South Carolina to play each other in the regionals this year. These two teams always bring out the best in each other and both games played featured tension, comebacks, big plays and a ton of emotion out of two teams that just don't like each other.
Give South Carolina credit for finding a way, once again, to win the close game. It seems like all USC does is win when it gets to the NCAA Tournament and that statement held true once again this weekend. The impressive thing to me is the play of the young players on this team. Tanner English, Joey Pankake and Jordan Montgomery all added some memorable moments this past weekend. USC had a lot to replace this offseason but Ray Tanner has these guys playing winning baseball at just the right time.
If South Carolina can keep up the pitching performances and timely hitting, I don't see why they can't make another run to the College World Series. They are a great team up and down the lineup and have the best coaching staff in the nation.
South Carolina now will wait until Monday night to find out who they will host from the Charlottesville Regional. Appalachian State has already advance to the finals in the regional and will face Oklahoma, who coincidentally, is the last team to beat South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.
I'm sure they'd love another crack at the Gamecocks.
And South Carolina will be ready and waiting. Bring it on.