Going to Game 3: Tolbert's grand slam helps South Carolina down Arkansas, 8-5

Baum Stadium (KATV photo)

LT Tolbert hit a grand slam to help South Carolina keep its season alive with an 8-5 win over national No. 5 seed Arkansas in the second game of their NCAA super regional on Sunday.

Tolbert's home run highlighted a five-run fifth inning for the Gamecocks (37-25), who will face the Razorbacks in a deciding third game on Monday — with the winner advancing to next week's College World Series.

Justin Row and Hunter Taylor each added home runs for South Carolina, and Carlos Cortes had three hits in the win. Cody Morris (9-3) earned the win after allowing only one unearned run in five innings.

Arkansas (43-19) opened the super regional with a 9-3 win but never led on Sunday. Kacey Murphy (8-5) allowed four runs in 4 ½ innings and took the loss, and Heston Kjerstad and Carson Shaddy had home runs for the Razorbacks.

“We’re very confident. We’re going to wake it up. We’re going to get to the yard and get ready to work. They’re not going to give us anything, but we wouldn’t want to have it any other way. We want to be tested. We don’t want to be handed anything; that’s not how we’re raised or how we are. We’re going to come here tomorrow and play our best game of the year and see what happens," said second baseman Carson Shaddy.

Isaiah Campbell will start for Arkansas on Monday.

“I feel fine with Isaiah," Dave Van Horn said. "He has great stuff. If he goes out and does what he can do, he’ll be out there for a while. If he doesn’t, we’ll go to the next guy. You get down to this point – and I’m sure [South Carolina] is the same way – you just have to go with what you see and what you feel. There’s no tomorrow, basically. We’ll give him the ball and let him have it as long as he earns it. Hopefully he’ll give us some innings.”

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