COLUMBIA, SC - Sophomore Carlos Cortes broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth as the University of South Carolina baseball team came away with a 1-0 walk-off win over Missouri Sunday afternoon (May 13) at Founders Park. South Carolina won its fourth straight SEC series with the win and improved to 15-12 in conference play.
The story of the game was the back-and-forth between Gamecock sophomore Cody Morris and Missouri's Tyler LaPlante on the mound. Morris tied a career high with 10 strikeouts while setting a career high with seven innings pitched. He allowed three hits with four walks and no runs. LaPlante was just as good, striking out eight and allowing five hits and a run with a walk in eight-plus innings of work.
Cortes not only ended the game with his solo blast, he saved a run in the bottom of the first. Brian Sharp walked to open the game. He went to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Alex Samples singled to right. Sharp tried to score but Cortes threw him out from right field, which is his seventh outfield assist of the season. Missouri then failed to put a runner in scoring position until the ninth.
Carolina had three doubles in the first four innings as Justin Row, Noah Campbell and Jonah Bride all had two-baggers, but LaPlante shut down every threat.