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South Carolina vs. No. 5 Vanderbilt, game 2 recap: Gamecocks finally win, beat Commodores 5-2 to even series

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For the first time in a long time, South Carolina will not have to try to avoid being swept in an SEC series

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

FINALLY.

South Carolina ended its losing streak with a 5-2 win over Vanderbilt on Friday night.

DC Arendas got the Gamecocks on the board with a home run in the third inning, which put South Carolina up 2-0. That score held until the seventh inning, when Rhett Wiseman tied things up with a two-out, two-run single.

For the first time in a long time, a team had a bad inning that benefitted the Gamecocks. With one out, Clark Scolamiero, Gene Cone, and Arendas walked to load the bases. Another walk, this time to Schrock, forced in the go-ahead run. Kyle Martin followed with a sac fly to give the Gamecocks a little insurance.

South Carolina scored its final run in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Jordan Gore knocked a one-out single, followed by a successful hit and run as Logan Koch singled into center. Scolamiero was up next, and he came through with his first career hit to load the bases. Cone contributed a sac fly to get the final run home.

Gamecocks starter Jack Wynkoop tossed his first-ever complete game, giving up 10 hits but only two runs in nine innings. He walked only one batter and struck out 12, a career high. Wynkoop earned the win and is now 5-4.

South Carolina improves to 24-16 overall and 7-10 in the SEC, while Vanderbilt drops to 29-11 overall and 12-5 in conference play. They'll meet for the rubber match on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.