This one was not exactly thrilling if you're into offense, as both pitching staffs pretty effectively shut down the other team. But it had been a while since we got a walk-off, so the Gamecocks gave us one this afternoon, and with it, swept the Tigers in the final SEC series of the year at Carolina Stadium.
The Tigers were on the board first today, courtesy of a solo homer from Dylan Kelly in the fourth inning.
The 1-0 lead held until the bottom of the fifth inning. Tanner English led off with a single, advanced on a Gene Cone groundout, and came home thanks to an RBI single (and some interesting fielding by Missouri) from Patrick Harrington to tie the game.
The game was tied until the bottom of the ninth, when it was time for some rallying. Max Schrock led off with a double, and an error got him to third. Kyle Martin and Grayson Greiner got walked on purpose, then Joey Pankake came through with an RBI single to USC the walk-off win.
USC starter Wil Crowe had a very nice outing. He worked seven innings and allowed four hits, one run, walked one batter, and struck out four. Cody Mincey went the rest of the way for the Gamecocks. He earned the win and is now 5-0.
Tigers starter Keaton Steele pitched a complete game. He gave up seven hits, two runs, issued two walks, and tallied four K's. He took the loss and falls to 0-8 (ouch).
Greiner extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and Pankake led Carolina at the plate with two hits. Five different Mizzou players recorded a hit.
South Carolina improves to 39-13 overall (16-11 in the SEC), while Missouri drops to 20-30 overall (6-21 in conference play). The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday when they host The Citadel. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.