After months of ups and downs, South Carolina wrapped up the regular season at home with a win in the third game of the series against Georgia. That means that while the Gamecocks lost eight of the 10 SEC series they played and the only two they won were against teams that aren’t going to be playing in Hoover, they did not get swept at all. In a season of many struggles, that’s at least one bright spot.
Saturday afternoon’s game was all South Carolina, and they did it with a good deal of help from the Bulldogs, who were a mess today (thanks Dawgs!).
The Gamecocks’ first runs came in the third inning, as they took a 3-0 lead. Danny Blair led off with a single, then eventually came home on a sac fly by LT Tolbert. Riley Hogan followed with an RBI double for the second run of the inning, and John Jones knocked an RBI base hit for the third.
A Georgia error made it 4-0 South Carolina in the fourth inning, and a wild pitch in the fifth inning brought in another run.
Three more runs came in the seventh inning. Jonah Bride started things off with a single, Jacob Olson walked, and Justin Row got both of them home with a two-run double, increasing the Gamecocks’ lead to 7-0. Another Bulldogs error brought in another run.
South Carolina scored again in the seventh inning, after Bride and Olson had back-to-back base hits and Blair came through with an RBI double to make it 9-0. The final run of the game came in the eighth inning on an Alex Destino RBI groundout.
Colby Lee started on the mound for the Gamecocks and had a good outing for his first three innings, but things got a little rocky in the fourth and he was replaced by Colie Bowers, who earned the win and is now 5-1 on the season. Tyler Johnson and Graham Lawson also pitched in this game.
With the win, South Carolina finishes the regular season 32-23 overall and 13-17 in the SEC, while Georgia finishes 25-31 overall and 11-19 in conference play. The Gamecocks will be the No. 11 seed in the SEC Tournament and will play the No. 6 seed on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.