COLUMBIA, S.C. – Evan Marzilli drove in two runs and closer Matt Price got the final eight outs as defending national champion South Carolina defeated Stetson 8-2 to win the NCAA Columbia Regional.
Marzilli led off the game with a homer and made it 2-1 in the third on a sacrifice fly that brought in Robert Beary, who opened the inning with a triple. Beary added an RBI single in the fourth for South Carolina (48-14).
The Hatters' (43-20) best chance to rally came in the seventh when they loaded the bases with one out while trailing 4-1. That's when Price got the call and shut down Stetson, getting Ben Carhart on a fly ball and Nick Rickles on a grounder to second. Price earned his 17th save of the season and second of the regional.
The game was suspended Sunday night when a storm knocked out power to Carolina Stadium.