Top ranked South Carolina rallied from three runs down with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Ole Miss 5-4 in 10 innings. A two-out RBI single by Connor Bright and a two-run homer by pinch hitter Max Schrock tied it in the ninth with pinch hitter Brison Celek winning it for the Gamecocks in the 10th frame with a RBI single.
Trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Gamecocks mounted a rally. With two outs and Tanner English on second base, Connor Bright knocked a 1-2 pitch for a base hit to score English and bring the Gamecocks within a pair of runs. Enter Max Schrock. Not in the starting lineup due to a sprained ankle, Schrock came to the plate against Ole Miss right-hander Josh Laxer. Down to his final strike, Schrock launched a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall tying the game and setting off an eruption in Carolina Stadium. Right-hander Joel Seddon worked out of a first and third jam in the 10th inning with one out as he fanned both Austin Anderson and Will Allen on strikeouts to preserve the tie. Grayson Greiner followed with a leadoff single in the bottom of the 10th. After a sacrifice bunt by Jordan Gore moved him into scoring position, Celek knocked a RBI single to right field scoring Greiner and sealing the victory.
Seddon earned the win and is 1-0 on the year. Ole Miss reliever Matt Denny suffered the loss and is now 0-1 on the season.
Ole Miss broke ahead 1-0 in the top of the first inning. After a balk advanced Austin Anderson into scoring position, Will Allen laced a two-out RBI double to left field. Despite four hits in the innings, the Gamecocks managed to hold the Rebels to just a run as Wynkoop picked off Auston Bousfield at first base after a leadoff single and Elliott Caldwell threw out Allen at home plate trying to score after a two-out single by Brantley Bell.
The Rebels extended the lead to 4-0 in the third inning. Braxton Lee reached base with one out on a fielding error by Gamecock shortstop Marcus Mooney. After Anderson was hit by a pitch, Allen drove in his second run of the game his second double of the afternoon to left field. Bell added a RBI single and Preston Overbey hit sac fly to left field giving the Rebels a four-run lead. South Carolina sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits with a strikeout in three innings of work.
Freshman right-hander Reed Scott came in and provided a boost for the Gamecocks as he kept the Rebels in check the rest of the way. Scott did not allow a run in six innings of relief with no walks, just three hits and six strikeouts.
As Scott held off the Rebels offense, Carolina scratched across a run in the bottom of the sixth to get on the scoreboard. Joey Pankake reached on a one-out single to center and advanced to third on a double to right field off the bat of Kyle Martin. After a walk to Grayson Greiner loaded the bases, Pankake would score on Weber Pike's fielder's choice.
The Gamecock defense also responded in the top of the eighth as they threw out a pair of Ole Miss runners at home trying to score. Braxton Lee would be gunned down at home by Pankake for the second out of the inning after a grounder to third and Allen would be thrown out at home for the second time as Caldwell recorded his second assist in the afternoon from the outfield as he threw a strike to Greiner to nab Allen and keep the Gamecocks within three runs.
South Carolina had 14 hits with Ole Miss finishing with 12 for the afternoon. Bright, Caldwell, Pankake, Mooney and English all had two hits for the Gamecocks. Ole Miss was led by three-hit games from Lee and Allen.
Top ranked South Carolina outlasted 12th ranked Ole Miss 3-1 in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday evening to clinch the weekend series in the rubber game at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks swept the doubleheader after rallying for a 6-5 win in 10 innings in the first game. South Carolina is 18-1 and 2-1 in the SEC with Ole Miss 17-4 and 1-2 in league play.
Freshman right-hander Wil Crowe earned the win and is now 4-0 on the year. He allowed one run on six hits in 5.1 innings with a walk and two strikeouts. He was helped out by the bullpen as junior right-hander Cody Mincey worked three scoreless innings with just one hit allowed. Mincey paved the way to junior right-hander Joel Seddon who retired both batters he faced in the ninth inning with a strikeout of Auston Bousfield to end the game and preserve the series victory. Seddon earned a save, his sixth of the season. Ole Miss starter Sam Smith suffered the loss and is 3-1 on the year. He allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits in seven innings with a walk and five strikeouts. South Carolina's bullpen has a streak of 61.1 innings without allowing a run; the last run given up by the pen was on Opening Day vs. Bucknell on Feb. 15, 2014.
The Gamecocks took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Kyle Martin led off with a single. After Connor Bright flew out to deep left-center, Ole Miss looked to double off Martin at first but a throw from shortstop Errol Robinson was too high for first baseman Sikes Orvis as it went into the dugout. Martin was awarded third base. He would score on Grayson Greiner's sac fly to right-center.
Ole Miss tied it at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning. Braxton Lee led off with a base hit and Austin Anderson was hit by a pitch to give the Rebels a pair of runners. Lee would be thrown out by the Gamecocks' Elliott Caldwell in left field after a base hit by Will Allen. After Allen's single, Lee rounded third for home but tried to get back to third base and was nabbed on a nice relay from Caldwell to Pankake to Mooney for the first out of the inning. The play proved to be big as Sikes Orvis followed with a base hit to score Anderson. Crowe then dug deep and retired the next two batters to keep the game knotted up.
The Gamecocks regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Bright led off with a base hit and advanced to third on a single to the gap in right-center from Greiner. With two outs and runners still on the corners, Tanner English set down a perfect bunt down the first base line for a base hit scoring Bright and giving the Gamecocks a 2-1 lead.
Carolina added insurance in the eighth inning. Marcus Mooney drew a leadoff walk and after a sacrifice by Caldwell moved him into scoring position, he would score on Joey Pankake's RBI single to left field to put Carolina ahead by a pair of runs.
South Carolina's nine-hit evening included a pair of hits from Pankake, Martin and Bright. Will Allen went 3-for-4 to lead Ole Miss at the plate.
"Some days baseball puts you at a loss for words and I kind of felt that way today, especially after game one," said South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook. "The beautiful thing about this game is that there is no clock and you have to get that 27th out. I have a resilient group of players who always believe that they can win the game and they found a way to do it when the odds were stacked against them. I feel very blessed that we have some good kids in that locker room that never give up and battle and pull for each other and I am awfully lucky to be their coach and we beat a great team. I have been here for six years now and there are a few teams that really stand out that have come in here (Carolina Stadium) to play us. One is the Vanderbilt team from a couple years ago, I know a few of you remember that team, the LSU team that won the national championship in 2009 and that Ole Miss team that we just played. That is how good I think that they are and our team beat a great team today and I couldn't be more proud of them."
South Carolina returns to action on Tuesday traveling to Charleston to face The Citadel. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.