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#23 South Carolina at Texas A&M Game 2 Recap: Gamecocks Beat Aggies 5-3, Even Series

A mid-game rally and strong relief pitching helped USC tie up the series against Texas A&M


No. 23 South Carolina bounced back from a loss on Thursday night and an early deficit on Friday night to beat Texas A&M and set up a rubber game on Saturday.

The Aggies took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single, then scored again in the third inning on a two-RBI single that made the score 3-0.

The Gamecocks ended the shutout in the fourth inning, when Justin Row singled with two outs and Tolbert knocked an RBI single to bring him home and make it 3-1.

USC tied the game and took the lead in the fifth inning. Jacob Olson started things off with a double, Matt Williams reached first on an error, and Noah Campbell got hit to load the bases. Carlos Cortes followed with an RBI single, and an error allowed another run to come in, making the score 3-3. Justin Row grounded out to bring another run home and give the Gamecocks their first lead, 4-3.

The final run of the game came in the eighth inning, after Hunter Taylor hit a leadoff double and eventually came home on a wild pitch.

Starter Adam Hill pitched five innings and gave up seven hits and three runs. He walked four batters and struck three out. Hill earned the win and is now 7-5 on the season. Graham Lawson pitched the rest of the game and had a great outing, allowing just one hit and no runs. He issued three walks and tallied three strikeouts. Lawson got the save, his first of the year.

With the win, South Carolina improves to 31-22 overall and 16-13 in the SEC, while Texas A&M is now 36-18 overall and 13-16 in conference play. The rubber game on Saturday is set to start at 3 p.m.