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No. 12 South Carolina vs. Clemson, game recap: Gamecocks top Tigers 4-1, even series

Early runs and strong pitching pushed South Carolina past Clemson in the second game of the series.


Just as they did in the first game of the series, the Tigers jumped on the board first, this time with a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Fortunately, that was about where the similarities with Friday's game ended.

South Carolina tied the game, then took the lead, in the next inning. Connor Bright led off with a double, then came home when Alex Destino roped a double of his own. Hunter Taylor followed with a single, then Jordan Gore hit into a fielder's choice that brought Destino across home plate. With two outs, Gene Cone knocked a single, which was followed by an RBI base hit from Elliott Caldwell that put the Gamecocks up 3-1.

The final run of the day for either team came in the third inning. Kyle Martin singled and advanced on a sac bunt from bright, then Destino made it safely to first on an error, and Taylor came through with an RBI base hit to make it 4-1.

South Carolina's offense was almost silent after that, going three up, three down in the fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth innings. In both the sixth and the seventh innings, the Tigers had the bases loaded,  with one out and no outs, respectively. Much like the Gamecocks yesterday, though, they were unable to capitalize.

Jack Wynkoop had a solid performance, working six innings and allowing just one run on five hits. He also walked two batters and struck out seven. Clarke Schmidt came on in relief and did a very nice job, helping South Carolina escape from one of the bases loaded jams. Taylor Widener recorded the final six outs of the game. Wynkoop earned the win and is now 2-1, while Widener got the save, his third of the season. Clemson starter Zack Erwin took the loss and falls to 1-1.

Both teams recorded seven hits, and the Gamecocks had one error, while the Tigers had two.

South Carolina has now won four of the five games these two teams have played at Fluor Field. They improve to 7-2, while Clemson drops to 6-3. The teams will meet Sunday for the rubber match at Carolina Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for noon EST.