USC won it’s fifth straight SEC series Saturday with a 10-1 win at Texas A&M. After a 6-9 start in league play, the Gamecocks finished 11-4. Their 17-13 SEC record was good enough for 5th place but not good enough to avoid the play-in round of the tournament. They will face Missouri in the final game Tuesday night in the single elimination phase of the tournament in Hoover, AL. The winner advances to play Arkansas Wednesday night.
The Gamecocks lost the opener in College Station Thursday night 6-3 but rebounded for a 5-3 win Friday and dominated Saturday’s game behind Cody Morris who allowed 5 hits over 7 innings. The offense supported him with 15 hits. Madison Stokes and Jacob Olson each had 3 hits and Stokes cranked his 10th home run. Noah Campbell also homered.
Morris earned his 7th win on Saturday. Friday Adam Hill pitched 5 innings and earned his 7th win with 4 innings of 1 hit relief work by Graham Lawson. Stokes led the offense with 7 hits and 4 RBIs.
Centerfielder TJ Hopkins returned action in the series after missing four games with a back injury and was in the starting lineup Saturday.
The Gamecocks will take a 32-22 record into the post-season, the same number of wins they had at the end of regular season play in 2017.
Mark Kingston talks with reporters after Saturday’s win (Audio from GamecockCentral)
|3||South Carolina||17-13||0.567||3||32-22||0.593||33||15-16||6-4||2 Wins|
|1||Ole Miss||18-12||0.600||–||42-14||0.750||9||16-11||7-3||1 Win|
|3||Mississippi State||15-15||0.500||3||31-24||0.564||26||16-17||7-3||4 Wins|
|6||Texas A&M||13-17||0.433||5||36-19||0.655||20||11-15||3-7||2 Losses|
SEC Tournament Schedule
Tuesday, May 22
Game 1 9:30 a.m. #6 Vanderbilt vs. #11 Texas A&M [SEC Network]
Game 2 TBD #7 Auburn vs. #10 Kentucky [SEC Network]
Game 3 4:30 p.m. #8 LSU vs. #9 Mississippi State [SEC Network]
Game 4 TBD #5 South Carolina vs. #12 Missouri [SEC Network]
Wednesday, May 23
Game 5 9:30 a.m. #3 Georgia vs. Winner Game 1 [SEC Network]
Game 6 TBD #2 Ole Miss vs. Winner Game 2 [SEC Network]
Game 7 4:30 p.m. #1 Florida vs. Winner Game 3 [SEC Network]
Game 8 TBD #4 Arkansas vs. Winner Game 4 [SEC Network]
Thursday, May 24
Game 9 9:30 a.m. Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 [SEC Network]
Game 10 TBD Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 [SEC Network]
Game 11 4:30 p.m. Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 [SEC Network]
Game 12 TBD Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 [SEC Network]
Friday, May 25
Game 13 3:00 p.m. Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11 [SEC Network]
Game 14 TBD Winner Game 10 vs. Loser 12 [SEC Network]
Saturday, May 26
Game 15 Noon Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 11 [SEC Network]
Game 16 TBD Winner Game 14 vs. Winner Game 12 [SEC Network]
Sunday, May 27
Game 17 2 p.m. Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16 [ESPN2]
All Times Central
The second game of each session will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.