USC is now in the driver’s seat in the Greenville, NC Regional after a 4-2 win over ECU in a game that started just after 9:00 PM Saturday and ended around 12:30 AM Sunday. The Gamecocks will face the winner of the ECU-UNCW game at 6:00 PM Sunday for the right to advance to a Super Regional. The Gamecocks would have to lose twice not to advance.
A three run first inning proved to be enough offense for the Gamecocks as Cody Morris, Ridge Chapman and Sawyer Bridges combined to scatter five hits while striking out nine. Morris pitched a career high 7.1 innings allowing the five hits and the two runs. He earned the win to improve to 8-3 and Bridges earned his 4th save.
Jonah Bride lashed a two run double down the left field line to spark the three run first. He later scored on a single by LT Tolbert.
The Pirates scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to make it a 3-2 game. USC got an insurance run in the 8th on a double by Jacob Olson which scored Justin Row from second.
Chapman walked the lead off batter in the 9th and Bridges came in and retired the side on a pop-up, a fielder’s choice and a strike out.
USC coach Mark Kingston said either Logan Chapman or Carmen Mlodzinski will start in Sunday night’s game.
USC postgame press conference: Mark Kingston, Cody Morris, Sawyer Bridges & Jonah Bride