|Steven Proscia (AP Phtoto)|
The Gamecocks (52-14) are off until Friday and would have to be beaten twice by Virginia or California to not return to the best-of-three finals next week. No. 1 national seed Virginia (55-11) plays California in a Thursday elimination game.
South Carolina scored three unearned runs in the first inning against Will Roberts (11-2), and five of its 13 hits went for extra bases.
Taylor (11-2) got the win with one-hit relief over a season-high 4 1-3 innings. Price came on to record the final out.
Holmes held the Cavaliers hitless into the fourth inning, when John Hicks crushed a 1-0 pitch into the left-center seats for his eighth homer of the year.
Taylor relieved and induced an inning-ending double play, and the Cavaliers didn't advance anyone past first base the rest of the game.
Roberts, who threw a perfect game against George Washington in March, had given up just one earned run in 16 1-3 innings in his previous two starts in the national tournament.