After losing two of three at Mississippi State last weekend, USC gets another crack at the Bulldogs tonight in their first game in the SEC baseball tournament in Hoover, AL. The Bulldogs earned the right to face the Gamecocks, and I do mean earn, with a 2-1 win over Missouri that took 17 innings.
It really doesn’t matter how the Bulldogs did it, but Mitch Slauter singled in the winning run from second with a bloop single to center field with two outs that ended the game at 1:24 AM Eastern Time after four hours and thirty-nine minutes of, uh, action. Inaction might be a better word. The teams went 11 straight innings without scoring though both did have their chances.
The Bulldogs were forced to use six pitchers in the game including closer Jonathan Holder who worked 2.2 innings and threw 35 pitches. They also used 17 players in the game.
All the while, the Gamecocks were tucked into their beds getting their rest. Nolan Belcher will start tonight for USC. Luis Pollerena, who started last Thursday against USC, is expected to get the start for the Bulldogs.
First pitch is scheduled for 9:00 PM Eastern Time. Good luck with that.
And here’s the stat book from last night’s game.
The other games scheduled for Wednesday’s first round of double elimination….Arkansas vs Ole Miss, LSU vs Alabama, Vanderbilt vs Texas A&M.