Charlotte wiped out a 3-0 USC lead with an eight run fifth inning, and the 49ers went on to an 8-3 win in the final game of the season at Founders Park. The Gamecocks finished 21-12 at home and will go to Florida for the final regular season series with a 26-25 record. They had won the last three meetings with Charlotte, and this was their first loss to the 49ers since 2008.
The Gamecocks built their early lead on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Madden, an RBI single by Josiah Sightler and an RBI double by Braylen Wimmer. But the Gamecocks would have just two hits, both doubles, over the final five innings.
On the mound, Matthew Becker allowed just three walks over four innings and left with a 3-0 lead. Aidan Hunter (5-5) came in to start the fifth inning on the mound for USC and gave up four straight hits, including a two-run homer. Parker Coyne replaced Hunter and inherited a second and third, no out situation. A sacrifice fly tied the game. With two outs, Coyne gave up back-to-back walks to load the bases and then was touched for a grand slam by Will Butcher. Cam Tringali, CJ Weins and John Gilreath pitched the final four innings and allowed just two hits while walking two.
The Gamecocks go into the Florida series needing just one win, or one loss by Mississippi State, to clinch a spot in the SEC Tournament next week in Hoover, AL.