South Carolina celebrated its seniors before the game on Saturday, then got to celebrate again after they beat Missouri to even up the final home series of the season.
The Gamecocks got on the board first, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Noah Campbell started things off with a single and Carlos Cortes doubled, then Madison Stokes and Jonah Bride grounded out back-to-back to bring Campbell and Cortes home.
USC added two more runs in the fourth inning, the first of which came on a leadoff homer by Justin Row. With one out, Hunter Taylor walked, Jacob Olson singled, and Matt Williams grounded out to make it 4-0.
The Gamecocks’ final two runs of the game came in the seventh inning. An error got Cortes to first base to start things off, Stokes singled, and Row walked with one out to load the bases. LT Tolbert followed with a double that brought in Cortes and Stokes to make the score 6-1.
The Tigers ended the shutout and scored all three of their runs in the eighth inning. The first run came on a one-out homer, and the other two were scored on a two-out double.
Starter Adam Hill had a solid outing, despite being interrupted by a weather delay partway through the game. He pitched seven innings and gave up seven hits but no runs. He walked two batters and struck eight out. Hill got the win and is now 6-5 on the season. Ridge Chapman and Sawyer Bridges also pitched in this game.
With the win, South Carolina improves to 29-21 overall and 14-12 in the SEC, while Missouri is now 31-19 overall and 10-16 in conference play. The rubber game on Sunday is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. at Founders Park. Cody Morris will start on the mound for the Gamecocks.