Against seemingly all odds, the Gamecocks won their first game of the SEC Tournament, meaning they’ll be in Hoover at least through Thursday.
South Carolina got out to an early lead, going up 2-0 in the first inning. Justin Row got on base with one out thanks to a low throw, then Carlos Cortes homered, because he’s pretty good at baseball. The Gamecocks tacked on another run in the second inning courtesy of a Jonah Bride homer.
Unfortunately, Vanderbilt got on the board and tied the game in the bottom of the second, when Will Toffey doubled with two outs to clear the bases and make the score 3-3.
That didn’t last long though, as South Carolina regained the lead in the next inning thanks to a leadoff homer by Row.
The Gamecocks held the lead until the Commodores tied the game again in the seventh inning on a home run by Connor Kaiser that made it 4-4.
The tied remained through the ninth inning, forcing extras. After a 10th inning that wasn’t particularly impressive for either team offensively, South Carolina’s offense got it done in the 11th. Jacob Olson led off with a walk, Row doubled with two outs, and Cortes walked to load the bases. Riley Hogan walked too to force in one run, then Alex Destino smacked a double to bring two more home.
Starter Reed Scott had a bit of a rough outing, and he worked into the fourth inning before being pulled. He was replaced by Josh Reagan, who did a nice job and pitched until the seventh inning, when Tyler Johnson took over. He pitched the remainder of the game, had an excellent outing, and got his first win of the season.
With the win, South Carolina will advance to play 3-seed Kentucky at 10:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning.