No. 12 South Carolina sweeps series with walk-off win against Missouri
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- For the fifth time this season, 12th-ranked South Carolina won in walk-off fashion, defeating Missouri 2-1 on a RBI single by Joey Pankakein the bottom of the ninth to sweep the series on Sunday. The Gamecocks improved to 39-13 and 16-11 in the SEC while the loss dropped Missouri to 20-30 and 6-21 in the league.
Max Schrock opened the bottom of the ninth with a triple to right-center. 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 Pankakethen 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.
Cody Minceyworked 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.
"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. He is as good as there is in this league from a pitching stand point. That is about as well pitched of a game as we have had all year long."
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.