Sturdy relief pitching allows South Carolina to rally back and stun Vandy
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina rallied from a two-run deficit with a three-run sixth inning for a 3-2 victory against No. 5 Vanderbilt to clinch the three-game series on Saturday at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 25-16 and 8-10 in the SEC while the loss drops the Commodores to 29-12 and 12-6 in league play.
Trailing 2-0, the Gamecocks scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-2 lead against the Commodores. Max Schrock crushed a 2-2 pitch to deep right center for a triple, driving in DC Arendas who was hit by a pitch to open the frame.
Kyle Martin followed with a walk to put runners on the corners. A single up the middle off the bat of Alex Destino brought home Schrock to tie the game. With two outs and runners on first and second, Logan Koch knocked the first pitch he saw into left field for a base hit to score Martin and give the Gamecocks a one-run lead.
Cody Mincey earned the win relief and improves to 2-2 on the year. He worked three scoreless innings while walking three batters and striking out three. Taylor Widener tallied his ninth save of the season after 2.2 scoreless innings without allowing a hit and striking out four batters. Vanderbilt starter John Kilichowski suffered the loss and is now 2-2 on the year. He allowed three runs on four hits in five-plus innings with two walks.
Jeren Kendall scored two runs for Vanderbilt in the first four innings. In the bottom of the second he hit a solo home run over the right field wall, then followed with a leadoff double in the fourth and scored on a wild pitch.