The South Carolina Gamecocks won their final home series against the Missouri Tigers, punctuated with a rubber-game walk-off victory on Sunday afternoon.
Carlos Cortes hit the first pitch he saw in the 9th inning over the right-field wall off Missouri starter Tyler LaPlante who had kept USC off-balance all afternoon until that point.
South Carolina dropped the opener Friday night, 5-3, won a rain-interrupted contest Saturday, 6-3, and clinched the series with Sunday’s 1-0 triumph.
After going 0-for-4 in the opener, Justin Row had four hits in his last two games including a key RBI on Saturday against the Tigers. Noah Campbell and LT Tolbert also had four hits for the Gamecocks, with Campbell picking up the slack for the injured TJ Hopkins.
Hunter Taylor managed just two hits on the weekend, but wowed with his defense catching two Tigers stealking on Sunday. Cortes had hits in all three games and also flashed the leather, gunning down a runner trying to score in the opening inning Sunday.
While Logan Chapman struggled again with his command on Friday, the Gamecocks were able to save their bullpen Saturday and Sunday, as Adam Hill (eight strikeouts) and Cody Morris (10 strikeouts) each turned in a pair of seven-inning scoreless outings.
USC Head Coach Mark Kingston called the series win particularly satisfying:
For the Gamecocks players, they know about the temptation to think about the postseason, but they know there’s still some meat on the bone of this regular season:
Carlos Cortes, Cody Morris & Hunter Taylor
South Carolina (30-21, 15-12 SEC) plays its final home game Tuesday against USC Upstate, before its last SEC series Thursday through Saturday at Texas A&M.
SEC Standings (Overall Record in parentheses)
Florida 20-7 (41-12)
Georgia 16-11 (35-16)
South Carolina 15-12 (30-21)
Kentucky 13-14 (33-18)
Vanderbilt 12-14 (26-24)
Tennessee 11-15 (28-24)
Missouri 10-17 (31-20)
Arkansas 17-10 (36-15)
Ole Miss 16-11 (39-13)
LSU 14-13 (31-21)
Auburn 13-14 (35-17)
Texas A&M 12-15 (34-17)
Mississippi St 12-15 (28-24)
Alabama 7-20 (26-27)