After getting off to a lackluster start in this series, the Gamecocks righted the ship on Saturday afternoon, blanking No. 15 Auburn to give South Carolina a chance at getting an SEC series win tomorrow.
The Gamecocks got on the board in the bottom of the second on a two-out home run by Ian Jenkins that made the score 1-0. The only other runs of the game came in the bottom of the sixth. Jacob Olson and Luke Berryhill walked to start things off, and both advanced on a sac bunt by Chris Cullen. Brady Allen then walked too to load the bases with one out, and Jenkins reached on an error, while Olson and Berryhill both came in to score, making it 3-0. With two outs, a passed ball brought Allen home for the final run of the game.
USC starter Reid Morgan was fantastic, going seven innings and giving up five hits but no runs. He also walked one batter and struck out four. Morgan earned the win and is now 3-0. Brett Kerry also pitched in this game and did another great job. Tigers starter Brooks Fuller took the loss and is now 1-1.
The Gamecocks improve to 17-10 overall and 2-6 in conference play, while Auburn is now 21-6 overall and 5-3 in the SEC. The rubber game is set for noon at Founders Park on Sunday.