Hoover hasn’t been the home of a lot of success for South Carolina baseball, but the Gamecocks found some on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, beating Missouri and advancing to the next round of the SEC Tournament.
After three scoreless innings for both teams, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on an RBI groundout and an RBI single.
USC ended the shutout in the fifth, when LT Tolbert doubled to start things off and came home on an RBI double from Jacob Olson that made the score 2-1.
The Gamecocks took the lead and scored the final runs of the game in the seventh inning. Taylor hit a leadoff single, Olson walked, and Noah Campbell knocked a one-out base hit to load the bases. Carlos Cortes walked to force in the game-tying run, Madison Stokes contributed an RBI sac fly to make it 3-2, and Jonah Bride came through with an RBI single.
Starter Carmen Mlodzinski had a good outing, working five innings and giving up just three hits and two runs. He walked two batters and struck out five. John Gilreath, Eddy Demurias and Graham Lawson also pitched in this game. Demurias earned the win and is now 6-0, while Lawson got the save, his second.
South Carolina is now set to play Arkansas on Wednesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m. CDT. Let’s hope they dont have to wait until a lot of people’s bedtimes to play this time.