COLUMBIA, S.C. –For the fifth time this season, 11th-ranked South Carolina won in walk-off fashion, defeating Missouri 2-1 on a RBI single by Joey Pankake in the bottom of the ninth to sweep the series on Sunday afternoon at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 39-13 and 16-11 in the SEC while the loss drops Missouri to 20-30 and 6-21 in the league.
Max Schrock opened the bottom of the ninth with a double to right-center and made it safely to third on a fielding error by Missouri center fielder Jake Ring. Missouri elected to intentionally walk Kyle Martin and Grayson Greiner to set up the force play and bring a fifth infielder in to try and get a force at home. Joey Pankake then belted a base hit to center field, scoring Schrock and sealing the victory for South Carolina. Pankake went 2-for-4 to lead the Gamecocks at the plate.
Junior right-hander Cody Mincey worked two scoreless innings to pick up his fifth win of the season and is now 5-0 on the year. Mincey allowed just one hit and struck out one batter. South Carolina starter Wil Crow hurled seven innings, giving up one run on four hits and one walk while striking out four batters. Keaton Steele suffers the loss for the Tigers and falls to 0-8 on the year.
Missouri took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning with a solo homerun off the bat of Dylan Kelly. The Gamecocks tied it up in the fifth inning as Tanner English led off with a base hit, stole second and scored on Patrick Harrington's RBI single.
"We were very fortunate to get the win," said South
Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook. "It took great outings from Wil
[Crowe] and Cody [Mincey] to keep them [Missouri] at bay, since we had our
hands full with Keaton Steele [the Missouri pitcher]. We came into the
game with the mind set that we were going to try and score three runs because
he [Steele] was not going to give us much and he certainly didn't."
The Gamecocks are back in action on Tuesday hosting The Citadel in the final home game of the regular season. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
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