Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth, freshman Hunter Taylor belted his first career home run and Madison Stokes added a two run double in the bottom of the seventh as seventh-ranked South Carolina defeated Georgia 8-5 in the final game of a three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Carolina stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 19-9 and 5-4 in the SEC while the loss drops the Bulldogs to 18-11 and 5-4 in the league.
Georgia took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Stephen Wrenn knocked the first pitch he saw from Gamecock starter Clarke Schmidtto right field for a home run and a RBI single off the bat of Jared Walsh drove in Skyler Weber.
The Gamecocks cut the Bulldogs’ lead in half with a run in the bottom of the first. Gene Cone led off with a double to left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jordan Gore brought Cone home with a sacrifice fly to center.
South Carolina tied the game at 2-2 plating a run in the bottom of the second. Alex Destino drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored onClark Scolamiero’s sacrifice fly to left field. Kyle Martin put the Gamecocks ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the third with a solo home run to right-center. The Gamecocks’ increased their lead to 4-2 in the fifth inning on a second sacrifice fly from Gore that scored Cone.
In the top of the sixth Georgia tied the game at 4-4 after a wild pitch from South Carolina reliever Vince Fiori scored Walsh and sacrifice fly from Mike Bell that scored Brandon Stephens.
The Gamecocks reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the six with a solo home run off the bat of Taylor.
South Carolina added three runs in the in the seventh to take an 8-4 lead over the Bulldogs. Max Schrock opened the frame with a walk and safely advanced to second on Kyle Martin’s fielder’s choice. A sacrifice bunt from Elliott Caldwell advanced both runners into scoring position before Patrick Harrington drew a walk to load the bases. Taylor followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Schrock and a two-run double off the bat of Madison Stokes scored Martin and Harrington.
Georgia pushed across a run in the top of the ninth to cut the Gamecocks’ lead to 8-5 on a RBI double from Zack Bowers.
Freshman right-hander Brandon Murray earned the win in relief. He worked 1.1 perfect innings and struck out one batter. He is now 3-0 on the year. Junior left-hander Jack Wynkoop picked up his first career save after hurling 2.1 innings while allowing one run on three hits and striking out three batters. Connor Jones suffered the loss for the Bulldogs after allowing four runs on three hits and three walks and striking out one batter in 2.0 innings of relief.