South Carolina softball kept its season alive late Saturday night in Tucson, Ariz.
Facing possible elimination following a 5-0 loss to national seed Arizona, the Gamecocks (34-24) ended the day with a 3-1 win against St. Francis brought on by timely, clutch pitching.
Senior pitcher Jessica Elliott scattered 7 hits and 6 walks in 5.2 innings, allowing 1 run.
South Carolina scored in the first inning on an RBI single from senior Victoria Williams, with an error from St. Francis’ right fielder allowing junior Tiara Duffy to race around and score for an early lead. The Gamecocks boosted their lead in the fifth inning on a 2-run homer from freshman Mackenzie Boesel, good for her 10th of the season.
But the win came largely from the showing on the mound, as St. Francis constantly threatened but could not score. South Carolina pitchers kept the Red Flash scoreless until the sixth, by which time the lead was 3-0 and St. Francis had left double-digit runners on base.
South Carolina will face No. 2-seeded Arizona at 7 p.m. ET in the championship round Sunday. If the Gamecocks win that first game, a second game will start 30 minutes later.