Rain on Friday night forced a doubleheader of seven-inning games on Saturday, and the Gamecocks looked pretty lackluster for the majority of the first game, until a late burst of offense propelled them to a win and a rubber game later in the afternoon.
LSU got on the board in the first on a Cade Doughty RBI double that made it a 1-0 game, then they added another run in the next inning thanks to a Zach Arnold sac fly that bumped the score to 2-0.
That held all the way until the seventh, when South Carolina finally ended the shutout. David Mendham and Colin Burgess knocked back-to-back singles to start things off, then both advanced on a sac bunt by Noah Myers. Braylen Wimmer followed with a two-run double to tie the game, George Callil got hit by a pitch, and Brady Allen came through with a two-run double to give the Cocks a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Andrew Eyster helped keep that lead in the bottom of the inning with a couple of great catches deep in the outfield.
USC starter Brannon Jordan did enough to keep things manageable for the Gamecocks, working four innings and allowed three hits and two runs, walking five batters, and striking six out. Andrew Peters and Brett Kerry also pitched in this game, with Peters earning the win, making him 3-1, and Kerry getting the save, his third of the season. Tigers reliever Devin Fontentot took the loss and drops to 1-2. Mendham and Wimmer each tallied two hits, while Allen and Wimmer recorded two RBI each.
Carolina is now 23-10 overall and 9-5 in conference play, while LSU is 21-13 overall and 4-10 in the SEC. The Cocks will look to win the series later on Saturday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. in Baton Rouge.