COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina is headed back to the College World Series, beating Oklahoma 5-1 Monday for its 21st straight NCAA tournament win.
The two-time defending champion Gamecocks wrapped up the Super Region for their third straight CWS trip and 11th overall. South Carolina (45-17) seeks to join Southern Cal (1970-74) as schools with more than two consecutive CWS titles.
The game was suspended Sunday because of rain. Once things resumed, South Carolina quickly put away the Sooners (42-25).
Matt Price got his 41st career save tying the SEC mark of Georgia's Joshua Fields.
South Carolina opens the World Series on Saturday, facing Florida. The Gamecocks beat the Gators in the World Series championship round last season.
"Once we start the postseason," Price said, "we just try and go out and win every at-bat and every pitch."
Kent st., arkansas advance: Jimmy Rider drove in the winning run with a shallow pop that landed just inside the leftfield foul line and just out of reach in the ninth, lifting Kent State to a 3-2 win over Super Region host Oregon and sending the Golden Flashes (46-18) to their first CWS. Leftfielder Brett Thomas appeared to lose track of the ball when it was hit. Trailing 2-0, the Ducks (46-19) tied it in the eighth. Kent State opens the CWS on Saturday against Arkansas, which beat Super Region host Baylor 1-0 on defensive replacement Jake Wise's two-out RBI single in the 10th. It is the seventh CWS for the Razorbacks (44-20). After scoring three runs in the fifth inning of Game 2 to take a 4-3 lead, Baylor (49-17) didn't score again over the final 14 innings in the series.
wolfpack apology: N.C. State shortstop Chris Diaz apologized for confronting umpire Steve Corvi after a called third strike ended Sunday's Super Region loss to Florida. "The emotions of the moment overwhelmed me, and unfortunately I acted in a way that was unsportsmanlike,'' he said.
big east lawsuit: The Big East sued TCU for failing to pay the conference $5 million after the school reneged on an agreement to become a member and chose to join the Big 12 instead. TCU said it hoped for an amicable resolution.
ohio state: Christopher Cicero, a Columbus lawyer whose email tips about Buckeyes football players trading memorabilia for tattoos triggered a far-reaching scandal, should lose his law license for six months, an Ohio Supreme Court disciplinary board recommended for the second time. At issue is whether he violated professional rules of conduct that prohibit revealing information from meetings with a client or a prospective client.