canada africa partner reservation Late rally lifts baseball to series win in Missouri – University of South Carolina Athletics

Late rally lifts baseball to series win in Missouri – University of South Carolina Athletics

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of South Carolina baseball team scored eight runs in the final three innings of play as the Gamecocks defeated Missouri 9-4 on Sunday afternoon (May 5) at Taylor Stadium. The Gamecocks earned their first series victory at Missouri since 2013.

Carolina scored the first run on a strikeout wild pitch in the second, but Missouri answered with four runs in the bottom of the second, two on a home run by Danny Corona. Austin Brinling saved a grand slam with a fly ball over the center wall to keep the score at 4-1.

The score remained 4-1 until the seventh. Dalton Reeves led off the inning with a solo home run to right field. Ethan Petry then tied the score with a two-run home run to center field. In the eighth, Reeves reached on a bunt-single, which scored Blake Jackson on a throwing error. Gavin Casas singled to Kennedy Jones to make it 6-4 and Austin Brinling’s sacrifice fly to left gave the Gamecocks a 7-4 lead.

Cole Messina homered to lead off the ninth. Carolina added insurance with a Talmadge LeCroy RBI single.

Messina and Jackson each had three hits to lead the Gamecock offense, while Reeves and Casas had two hits.

Connor McCreery earned the win in relief, striking out four in 2.2 innings. Chris Veach picked up his third save with a pair of punchouts in 1.1 innings. Garrett Gainey struck out five in his 3.2-inning outing. The Gamecock staff allowed just four hits in the win.

POSTGAME NOTES

  • The Gamecocks are now 13-11 in SEC play this season, tied with Georgia for third place in the East.
  • Messina went 7-for-11 with four runs scored, two doubles, a triple, two home runs and seven RBI on the weekend.
  • Petry now has 41 career home runs, which is tied for ninth on Carolina’s home run list.

NEXT ONE
Carolina visits Rock Hill, SC, for a tilt on Tuesday night (May 7) with Winthrop. First pitch is at Winthrop Ballpark at 6 p.m.