Gamecocks Falter, Fall to Losers' Bracket

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News 12 @ 11 Saturday May 31, 2008
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Marcus Jones' tiebreaking RBI single in the
seventh inning Saturday night and lifted North Carolina State to a
5-4 victory over South Carolina in the Raleigh Regional.

Dallas Poulk homered and drove in two runs for the top-seeded
Wolfpack (40-20), who remained perfect in regional play and
advanced to the championship round. They did so by beating former
coach and N.C. State alumnus Ray Tanner, the veteran Gamecocks
coach who was playing his old team for the first time.

DeAngelo Mack homered for No. 2 seed South Carolina (39-22),
which slips into an elimination game against fourth-seeded James
Madison. The Dukes eliminated No. 3 seed Charlotte earlier in the
day. With the game tied 4-all, the Wolfpack pieced together three
one-out singles off Brandon Todd (3-2), with Jones' hit reaching
right-center to bring home Matt Payne with the go-ahead run. Pat
Ferguson followed that hit with a single of his own, but Devon
Cartwright easily was thrown out at the plate and Tommy Foschi
struck out to end the inning.

Kyle Rutter (3-1) entered in the seventh and worked 1 1-3
innings for the victory. Eryk McConnell pitched a perfect ninth --
helped by two diving catches -- for his first save.

Poulk helped N.C. State build a 3-1, leading off the first with
a homer -- his seventh of the season -- and later singling home
Foschi in the third. Ferguson made it a three-run game when he
singled down the left-field line to score Payne in the fourth. The Gamecocks rallied to take a 4-3 lead, scoring twice in the sixth. Disher scored on a throwing error by Foschi and Andrew Crisp followed that with a run-scoring single that brought home Mack but ended the inning when Parker Bangs was thrown out at the plate. The Wolfpack tied it in the bottom of that inning when Jones scored on a wild pitch by Todd.

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