CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Jordan Montgomery pitched a four-hit shutout Sunday, leading South Carolina past North Carolina 8-0 in the NCAA super regionals for the Tar Heels’ most lopsided loss this year.
Joey Pankake drove in two runs during a five-run second inning for the Gamecocks (43-19), who forced a decisive game Monday in the best-of-three series with the winner going to the College World Series.
The Tar Heels (56-10) won Saturday’s opener 6-5 on an RBI single in the ninth, putting them within a win of returning to Omaha, Neb., for the sixth time in eight seasons.
But the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament got a short outing from a starting pitcher and fell behind early for the second straight day.
It was North Carolina’s first shutout loss all year, and its four hits matched a season-low.
South Carolina is trying to get back to Omaha for the fourth straight year. The Gamecocks won the 2010 and 2011 national titles and finished second last year.
The Tar Heels started the year 39-2, won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title and haven’t lost consecutive games all year. But they barely made it out of the NCAA regionals and have taxed their bullpen in the super regionals, thanks to the ineffective performances of starters Kent Emanuel and Hobbs Johnson.
Indiana 11, Florida State 6: In Tallahassee, Fla., Sam Travis hit a tiebreaking two-run home run as Indiana reached the College World Series for the first time in school history.
The Hoosiers (48-14) made the NCAA tournament for just the third time, and they were in their first super regional. But they played with plenty of poise on the road, sweeping the Seminoles.
Will Coursen-Carr (5-0) pitched four innings of relief for Indiana. He earned the win in the Big Ten tournament final, regional title game and super regional clincher.
After Florida State (47-17) scored three runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game 5-5, Travis gave the Hoosiers the lead for good in the bottom of the inning.
Scott Sitz (10-2) allowed seven runs in 4.1 innings.