After a close loss on Friday night, the Gamecocks righted the ship on Saturday with a win over Georgia, setting up a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the second on a Parks Harber solo shot, but South Carolina answered in the next inning to take the lead, as Brennan Milone walked to start things off and George Callil went yard with one out to make it a 2-1 game. USC tacked on two more runs in the next inning, when Wes Clarke knocked a one-out base hit and Andrew Eyster homered to make the score 4-1.
Josiah Sightler led off the top of the fifth inning with a bomb to put the Cocks up 5-1, then David Mendham doubled with two outs and scored on an RBI single by Milone that turned into an inside-the-park home run thanks to some fielding struggles for the Bulldogs, making it 7-1. Carolina added another run in the top of the seventh when Callil doubled to start things off and later scored on a Braylen Wimmer RBI sac fly to put the Gamecocks on top 8-1. UGA responded by scoring five runs in the bottom of the inning, courtesy of several walks, a Garrett Blaylock two-run single, an error, and an RBI single from Cole Tate, which made the score 8-6.
USC got three runs back in the next inning when Clarke singled and later scored on a Milone RBI double and Brady Allen brought in two more runs with a base hit, putting the Gamecocks up 11-6. Connor Tate went yard in the bottom of the inning for the Bulldogs’ last run, making it an 11-7 game. The final two runs of the game came in the ninth, when Sightler singled and Clarke blasted a home run of his own.
South Carolina starter Brannon Jordan had a great outing until things took a turn in the seventh. He pitched 6.2 innings and allowed one hit and five runs, while walking three batters and striking out 11. He earned the win and is now 3-2. Brett Kerry also took the mound in this game. UGA starter Ryan Webb took the loss and is now 2-1. Clarke led the Cocks with three hits, while he, Allen, Eyster, Milone, and Callil each tallied two RBI.
USC improves to 18-7 overall and 5-3 in the SEC, while the Bulldogs are now 18-8 overall and 3-5 in conference play. The rubber game is set to start at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Athens.