COLUMBIA, S.C. — In front of 7,840 fans on a hot Saturday afternoon at Founders Park, Braden Webb was outdueled by Thomas Hatch in South Carolina’s 5-1 Super Regional loss to Oklahoma State.
Separated by 22 picks in the third round of this week’s MLB Draft, the battle could one day be a preview of National League Central pitchers, with Webb going to the Milwaukee Brewers (82nd overall) and Hatch to the Chicago Cubs (104th).
The two right-handers battled into the seventh inning of game one in the best-of-three series.
Webb fell to 10-6 on the year after giving up six hits and one earned run in 7 2/3 innings of work. All of his damage was sustained in the third, starting with a leadoff homer by Ryan Sluder. Oklahoma State pushed across another when Corey Hassel knocked in J.R. Davis, who reached on a hit-by-pitch before advancing to second on a passed ball.
The Cowboys threatened again in the fourth, but an attempted steal of home by Conor Costello helped Webb out of the two-out, bases loaded jam.
Hatch’s only trouble came in the bottom half of the inning, which began back-to-back singles by Gene Cone and T.J. Hopkins. The inning ended when Cone was gunned down at the plate after trying to advance from second on Jonah Bride’s sharp single off shortstop Donnie Walton.
The Big 12 Pitcher of the Year gave up just one other hit in his seven innings of work.
South Carolina’s lone run came in the ninth on a solo homer by Dom Thompson-Williams.