There was almost no offense to be found in Columbia on Tuesday night, but one run was all South Carolina needed to wrap up a win against USC Upstate in the final midweek game of the 2019 regular season.
Each team only had a handful of baserunners all game, and there were really no scoring chances to speak of until the ninth inning. In the top of the inning, the Spartans got the bases loaded with one out thanks to a leadoff single from Jeff Taylor, a walk, and a hit by pitch. Upstate wasn’t able to capitalize, though, and then it was the Gamecocks’ chance. In the bottom of the inning, Wes Clarke started things off with a double, then Jacob English entered the game to pinch run and later scored on an RBI single by Jonah Beamon.
South Carolina starter Parker Coyne had a solid outing, as he went five innings and allowed just three hits and no runs. He didn’t walk any batters and struck out six. Sawyer Bridges, Wesley Sweatt, and Gage Hinson also pitched in this game, and Hinson got the win, making him 1-1. Spartans starter Trey Van Der Weide tossed a complete game and took the loss, giving him a 2-3 record.
The Gamecocks improve to 27-25 overall, while Upstate is now 22-27. South Carolina will start the final series of the regular season on the road Thursday against Mississippi State, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. in Starkville.