Another day, another victory for the Gamecocks, this time on a down-to-the-last-strike walkoff in the rain that extended their winning streak to five games.
South Carolina took an early lead, going up 1-0 in the first inning after Quinntin Perez singled with one out and came home on a two-out RBI single by Luke Berryhill. The Gamecocks tacked on another run in the third, when Perez singled with two outs and TJ Hopkins brought him home with an RBI triple to make the score 2-0.
Utah Valley tied things up in the fifth inning thanks to an RBI double and a wild pitch, with a little help from a walk and a hit batter.
The tie didn’t last long though, as Berryhill homered with two outs in the sixth to put the home team back on top 3-2. Chris Cullen came through with a home run of his own in the seventh to give USC a 4-2 lead, and that held until the top of the ninth inning, when things got messy.
The Wolverines started things off with a double and a single, then another double brought both runners in to tie the game with no outs. With two outs, yet another double gave Utah Valley the go-ahead run, putting them up 5-4. Fortunately, the Gamecocks had one more scoring burst in them. Brady Allen walked to start the bottom of the ninth, advanced on a balk, and advanced again on a bunt by Cullen. Then, with two outs and two strikes, Noah Campbell smacked a walkoff two-run shot to give USC the win.
Gamecocks starter Dylan Harley worked four innings and allowed just three hits and two runs. He didn’t walk any batters and struck out six. Parker Coyne, Cam Tringali, Hayden Lehman, Sawyer Bridges, and John Gilreath also pitched in this game, with Gilreath picking up the win to make him 1-1 on the season. Wolverines reliever Jesse Schmit took the loss and drops to 0-1.
South Carolina improves to 5-1 on the season and now has won both series they’ve played. They’ll go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Founders Park. Reid Morgan is slated to start on the mound for the Gamecocks.