OMAHA, Neb. -- Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to assert himself as one of the top performers here in the College World Series.

South Carolina's sophomore center fielder got the Gamecocks on the board in the first inning with an RBI groundout. It was Bradley's eighth RBI of the tournament, the most by any player.

RBI No. 9 came in the third, on a two-out double to left field. That put USC ahead 3-0, at the time. It also extended his hit streak to 20 games.

Bradley Jr.'s two-out single with two strikes in the bottom of the 12th inning Thursday night tied the game against Oklahoma. The Gamecocks won the game later in the inning.

Before the CWS began, Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway said Bradley Jr. isn't the kind of guy you want to see coming to the plate with the game on the line. Golloway was prophetic.

"You've got to give the hitter credit. He did his job," Golloway said. "He did it in a pressure situation, and he did it representing coach (Ray) Tanner and their program, which is an outstanding program."

TCU's Tyler Featherston has seven RBIs in the event. He and Bradley were tied coming into the game.

Half of final four

Both Jack Leggett and Tanner took a lot of pride in Clemson and South Carolina being two of the final four teams left here.

"We have so many good teams and so much competition within the state, and the fact that we're both playing with four teams remaining, it's hard to get in this position," Tanner said, "and it's happened before."

It also happened in 2002, when USC rallied to take two from Clemson and play for the national title. The Tigers took two of three from the Gamecocks earlier in the year.

"Now it's a national stage versus the in-state rivalry," Tanner said. "So I know that they're excited to be where they are, and we're excited to still be playing."

Little help

In a bit of good news for the South Carolina teams, TCU defeated UCLA earlier in the day Friday.

That means those teams will play Saturday, taxing their pitching staffs a bit more than they would've been otherwise going into the national championship series.

The best-of-three series begins Monday. Tuesday or Wednesday's game will make the final CWS game at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Spry to return

Official scorer Lou Spry was back in his seat Thursday night after missing a couple of days recuperating from a heart blockage discovered Tuesday. EMTs transported him from the press box to a local hospital.

Spry hasn't missed many games since 1981, and he's seen his share of tough scoring calls. Perhaps the most talked-about decision came in 1987 when Oklahoma State's Robin Ventura saw an end to his 58-game hitting streak.

Playing against Stanford, Ventura needed a hit in the ninth to keep the streak alive. He grounded a slow roller between first and second that was bobbled by second baseman Frank Carey, who threw wildly past first.

Spry waited and waited before charging Carey with an error. A cascade of boos from the grandstand followed.

Spry to this day is convinced he made the right call. He said Ventura agreed in his postgame remarks.

"He didn't understand why it took so long to decide that it was an error," Spry said.

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