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#10 South Carolina at #6 Ole Miss, Game 2 Recap: Gamecocks Beat Rebels 9-5 to Win Series

Braden Webb was fantastic and South Carolina's offense rallied for another SEC series victory


The Gamecocks have now won 12 games in a row, so I think it's safe to say this team is pretty good.

They trailed early tonight, as Ole Miss jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. After a pair of one-out walks, Colby Bortles came through with a double to score both runners.

South Carolina responded in the next inning, though, cutting the Rebels' lead in half. With one out, Dom Thompson-Williams singled, then with two outs, Chris Cullen knocked a base hit to make it 2-1.

The Gamecocks tied the game then took the lead in the third inning. Marcus Mooney got things going with a single, Gene Cone walked, and LT Tolbert tallied an RBI single to knot the score at two runs apiece. With two outs, DTW contributed another single to get Cone home and make the score 3-2.

South Carolina tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the fifth inning. John Jones, who had a quieter night than usual, walked to lead off the inning, then Alex Destino followed with a single. With one out, Jonah Bride came through with an RBI base hit, and Cullen collected another RBI with a double, putting the Gamecocks on top 5-2.

Another South Carolina run scored in the eighth inning. A couple of Ole Miss errors helped the Gamecocks get runners on the corners, and a late relay throw to first helped make the score 6-2 South Carolina.

Both teams scored their final runs of the night in the final inning. With one out in the top of the ninth, Bride singled, Cullen did the same, and as Cullen stole second, Bride came home to score. Mooney followed with an RBI single to make it 8-2, then Cone doubled to bring home the last run of the night. The Rebels mounted a rally in the bottom of the inning, bringing three runners across home plate.

After getting off to a little bit of a rough start, Braden Webb did a tremendous job tonight. He worked eight innings and allowed just four hits, two runs, walked one batter and struck out 14, which is double his former career-high. He earned the win and is now 5-1 on the season. Reed Scott and Josh Reagan also pitched for South Carolina tonight.

With the win, the Gamecocks are now 22-2 overall and 5-0 in the SEC, while Ole Miss drops to 21-4 and 2-3 in conference play. South Carolina will go for the sweep on Saturday afternoon, with first pitch set for 3 p.m. EDT. Adam Hill will be the Gamecocks' starting pitcher, while the Rebels have yet to announce who they'll go with.