Gamecocks battle back from six-run deficit to sweep Tigers

Gamecocks battle back from six-run deficit to sweep Tigers

COLUMBIA, SC - The University of South Carolina baseball team rallied from down 6-0 to score eight consecutive runs in the last three innings to complete the three-game sweep from No. 19 LSU Sunday afternoon (April 22) at Founders Park.

South Carolina had double-digit hits for the third straight game, as TJ Hopkins went 3-for-5 while LT Tolbert had two hits. Tolbert joined Justin Row and Noah Campbell with two RBI.

LSU got on the board first in the top of the 3rd inning. Hal Hughes walked to lead off the inning and then Brandt Broussard reached on an error. A home run by Daniel Cabrera, LSU's second three-run home run in the series, gave the Tigers the early 3-0 lead.

The Tigers came back and added three more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Hughes doubled to left field and Broussard singled to right center to start the inning off. Then Cabrera grabbed a couple more RBI's for the day with a double to right field. Austin Bain's single Cabrera to go up 6-0.

The Gamecocks had an answer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Tolbert and Jonah Bride both singled and Row walked to load up the bases for the Gamecocks with one out. With two away, Matt Williams walked, which scored Tolbert, A big two-run single from Noah Campbell on a 3-2 pitch was followed by an RBI single up the middle from Hopkins, making it 6-4.

South Carolina kept the rally going in the bottom of the seventh inning as Bride walked and trotted home on Row's fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left.

The Gamecocks took the lead in the eighth. Hopkins led off the inning with a single and Cortes walked. Stokes hit a shot to second that was scooped up by Broussard, but his throw to second was wild, loading the bases. Tolbert stepped in the box and ripped a single to left field, scoring Hopkins and Cortes and giving the Gamecocks the lead, 8-6.

Eddy Demurias shut down LSU in relief for Cody Morris and got the win (4-0). Demurias pitched four innings and allowed three hits with four strikeouts and no runs. Morris struck out four in 4.1 innings, allowing six hits and five earned runs. Sawyer Bridges got the save as he recorded the last two outs for the Gamecocks to complete the comeback.

-per USC Athletics