The Gamecocks were first on the board in this game, taking a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Madison Stokes started things off by getting to first thanks to an error, Danny Blair followed with a base hit, and Matt Williams got hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Jonah Bride brought Stokes home with an RBI single, then Alex Destino hit into a double play that got Blair in for the second run. An RBI single from Carlos Cortes brought in the third run of the inning.
Vanderbilt cut into South Carolina’s lead in the next inning, though, scoring two runs of their own thanks to an RBI single from Julian Infante and a wild pitch that later brought Infante home.
The Commodores tied the game in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Reed Hayes. Four innings later, they took the lead on a two-run homer from Infante.
Starter Clarke Schmidt was excellent, working seven innings and allowing five hits and two runs. He walked one batter and struck out 11. Josh Reagan, Colie Bowers, Reed Scott, and Colby Lee combined to pitch the rest of the game for the Gamecocks.
Speaking of pitchers, PLEASE GET WELL IMMEDIATELY TYLER JOHNSON.
With the loss, South Carolina falls to 20-10 overall and 6-5 in the SEC, while Vanderbilt is now 21-11 overall and 6-5 in conference play. The Gamecocks will try to avoid being swept in the series finale on Saturday. First pitch is set for noon at Founders Park; Adam Hill will start on the mound.