The Citadel walks it off against the #Gamecocks, 4-3 (AUDIO)

Gamecocks catcher Colin Burgess hit his first homer of the season, Tuesday (Citadel Athletics)

South Carolina entered its midweek game against The Citadel in need of a confidence building win and a little momentum before heading back into the SEC gauntlet this weekend against national power Vanderbilt. Unfortunately for the Gamecocks, the home team wouldn’t cooperate, as The Citadel pulled off a come-from-behind 4-3 walk off win at Joe Riley Park in Charleston, Tuesday.

USC closer Michael Braswell toed the rubber in the ninth with his team clinging to a 3-2 lead. The Citadel’s Cole Simpson couldn’t get around on Braswell’s fastball, fouling three off to the right side before earning his walk. The missed opportunity seemed to shake Braswell as he struggled to find his command against Ryan McCarthy, walking the Citadel right fielder on four pitches. Following a mound visit, Braswell balked the runners to second and third. Kingston elected to load the bases with an intentional walk. Noah Mitchell promptly singled into right past a diving Josiah Sightler, plating pinch-runner Dominick Poole with the tying run. Mitchell’s single set up a showdown between Braswell and lefthanded hitting Crosby Jones. Jones was up to the challenge, pulling the first pitch he saw into right field and driving home McCarthy with the game-winning run and dropping the Gamecocks to 0-5 in road games.

Righthander Brett Thomas started for South Carolina (10-10), making his first appearance since April of last season. Thomas threw a single inning, surrendering a run on a wild pitch, before giving way to Aidan Hunter. Hunter had his good stuff and limited the Bulldogs to one run over five innings of work. Offensively, Carson Hornung picked up an RBI and Colin Burgess homered for the first time this season. USC was unable to cash in on multiple opportunities, stranding ten runners. Outfielder Andrew Eyster missed his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury. Head coach Mark Kingston characterized Eyster’s availability as day-to-day.

South Carolina, now in the midst of a four-game losing streak, will play host no. 4 Vanderbilt for a three-game series at Founders Park scheduled to start at 8 p.m., Thursday.

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Mark Kingston postgame comments

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