South Carolina proved on Sunday that the wild pitch offense remains undefeated, as an errant throw allowed the Gamecocks to win the game and the series against Liberty.
The Flames got on the board first, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double and a throwing error. That score held until the fourth inning, when TJ Hopkins ended the shutout with a leadoff solo homer to make the score 2-1.
USC tied things up in the next inning. Andrew Eyster started things off with a single, Nick Neville followed with a double, and with one out, Noah Campbell grounded out to bring Eyster home.
The tie lasted until the bottom of the ninth, when things got wild - literally. Luke Berryhill led off with a walk, Jacob Olson singled to put runners on the corners, and a wild pitch got Berryhill in. The play was briefly under review, but the run counted and the Gamecocks came away victorious.
South Carolina starter Reid Morgan had a solid outing, working six innings and giving up six hits but just two runs, striking out three batters, and not walking any. Hayden Lehman, John Gilreath and Brett Kerry also pitched in this game, with Kerry getting the win, his first. Liberty’s Garret Price took the loss.
The Gamecocks improve to 2-1 on the season, while the Flames are 1-2. USC’s next game is scheduled for Tuesday against Winthrop, with first pitch set for 4 p.m. at Founders Park.