USC has won the Palmetto Baseball Rivalry Series for the fourth straight season. The Gamecocks defeated Clemson 10-2 Saturday at Fluor Field in Greenville to clinch the series victory in front of a Fluor Field record crowd of 7182.
The Gamecocks won in Columbia Friday night 9-6. The final game will be Sunday afternoon at 4:00 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. With Saturday’s victory, USC has now won 22 of the last 30 games in the series.
The Gamecocks scored five runs in the third off Clemson starter Matthew Crownover. Only one was earned as the Tigers committed two errors in the inning. Marcus Mooney had a two out, two run single, Kyle Martin a sacrifice fly for an RBI and Tanner English put down a bunt Crownover couldn’t pick up to plate another run.
Clemson chipped away at the lead with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. But the big moment came in the 7th when Clemson loaded the bases with one out. Joel Seddon was on the mound for the Gamecocks replacing Jack Wynkoop and he struck out Steven Duggar looking and Steve Wilkerson on a check swing.
Seddon kept the Tigers at bay the rest of the way for his second save of the series while Wynkoop earned the victory to improve to 3-0.
The Gamecocks iced the game with a five run ninth that was fueled by four walks and two more Clemson errors. The last out was made on a wild play with two Gamecocks scoring on a throw to the plate and an error. Mooney was cut down going to third on the play. There was some pushing and shoving at the bag as tempers started to flare but both coaches quickly got their teams back to their dugouts and there were no ejections.
Since trailing 6-1 in the 5th inning Friday night, the Gamecocks have outscored the Tigers 18-2.
Here’s a video recap from Flour Field:
USC is now 9-0 and Clemson 6-3. Sunday’s starters will be freshman righthander Wil Crowe (2-0, 0.00) for USC and junior righthander Jake Long (1-0, 6.23) for Clemson.
AUDIO: USC post game press conference [9:09] (Chad Holbrook, Jack Wynkoop, Connor Bright, Joel Seddon)
AUDIO: Clemson post game press conference [5:32] (Jack Leggett, Zack Erwin)