USC BASEBALL

Gamecocks rally past Mizzou 4-2 to advance

From staff and wire reports
Posted 5/24/18

HOOVER, Ala. - A late rally in a late game on Tuesday gave the South Carolina baseball team another late night in the Southeastern Conference tournament on Wednesday.

The Gamecocks scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn a …

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USC BASEBALL

Gamecocks rally past Mizzou 4-2 to advance

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HOOVER, Ala. - A late rally in a late game on Tuesday gave the South Carolina baseball team another late night in the Southeastern Conference tournament on Wednesday.

The Gamecocks scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win over Missouri on Tuesday in the single-elimination portion of the SEC tournament at Hoover Met Stadium.

The game was originally scheduled to start at approximately 9 p.m. EDT. However, it didn't start until 11:31 p.m. because of a rain delay in an earlier game as well as an extra-inning contest.

With the victory, the fifth-seeded Gamecocks, who improved to 33-22 on the season, were scheduled to face No. 4 seed and 37-17 Arkansas on Wednesday at approximately 9 p.m. The start time for that game was pushed back to at least 10 because of another rain delay.

Missouri, 34-22, was eliminated from the tournament.

The Tigers scored all of their runs in one inning. Connor Brumfield led off the fourth with a single against Carolina starting pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski. Brumfield moved to second on a single by Trey Harris. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and a groundout by Brian Sharp plated the game's first run. Chad McDaniel then singled to left- center, scoring Harris as Missouri built a 2-0 lead.

Carolina plated a run in the fifth. LT Tolbert led off with a double down the line in right. He went to third on a single by Hunter Taylor. Jacob Olson drove in Tolbert with a double to the gap in right. The Gamecocks loaded the bases in that inning, but a fly out ended the threat.

The Gamecocks trailed until the seventh, when they scored three runs off three hits off of Missouri reliever Andy Toelken. Taylor singled back up the middle to start the frame. He went to second as Olson walked. Noah Campbell loaded the bases with a single to right. Carlos Cortes then walked to force in Taylor. Madison Stokes' sacrifice fly gave Carolina the 3-2 lead and Jonah Bride added insurance with an RBI single to left.

The win went to Eddy Demurias, who is now 6-0 on the season. He struck out a batter in 1 2/3 innings. Graham Lawson picked up his second save, striking out three in two innings.

Mlodzinski had a solid start, striking out five and allowing three hits and two runs in five innings.

Campbell, Tolbert and Taylor had two hits apiece for Carolina.

Carolina earned its fifth win of the season when trailing after six innings.

Toelken fell to 6-3, giving up three runs in 2 2/3 innings.