Blair's Blast Lifts Gamecocks Past Buckeyes

Blair's Blast Lifts Gamecocks Past Buckeyes
Courtesy: Gamecocks Athletics

Greenville, NC - The University of South Carolina baseball team scored five runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by a three-run home run from Danny Blair, to overcome a 2-0 deficit in an 8-3 win over Ohio State in game one of the 2018 NCAA Greenville Regional at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The Gamecocks came into the bottom of the seventh down 2-0 after Ohio State scored on a solo home run from Dillon Dingler in the second and an RBI double from Dingler in the seventh. Hunter Taylor led off the seventh with a single to right. He moved to second on Jacob Olson's single to center. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a Matt Williams sacrifice bunt and both trotted home on Blair's second home run of the season, a three-run shot to right. The Gamecocks put two runners on after Carlos Cortes' single and a fielder's choice from Madison Stokes. Both runners moved up on a groundout and Justin Row brought them both in with a single to center.

Carolina added insurance in the eighth, scoring three times. Olson walked and went to second on Williams single to right. A Blair sacrifice bunt moved both runners up and Cortes brought in one with an infield single. Cortes stole second and Williams scored on a throwing error. Jonah Bride then brought in Cortes with a single to left.

Eddy Demurias moved to 7-0 on the year, allowing an unearned run in three innings of work. Graham Lawson picked up the save, striking out a batter and allowing an unearned run in two innings of relief. Adam Hill started the game, allowing a run and four hits with six strikeouts in four innings.

Row and Cortes had three hits apiece, part of a 14-hit Gamecock attack. Bride and Olson added a pair of hits in the win.

GAMECHANGER

South Carolina's biggest inning might have been the fifth, when the Gamecocks and Eddy Demurias got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam with a pop out and a fielder's choice. Ohio State left 12 men on base in the game.

KEY STAT

Ohio State closer Seth Kinker had not allowed a home run this season until Blair's three-run blast in the seventh.

NOTABLE

Danny Blair hit his second home run of the season in the win. Blair's other home run was against Tennessee on March 30.

Adam Hill now has 98 strikeouts in 79 innings pitched after his six punchouts in today's win.

Carolina picked up its sixth win of the season when trailing after six innings.

Jacob Olson, who leads the team in doubles, picked up his 19th of the season with a two-bagger in the fifth.

Carolina improved to 14-6 all-time against Ohio State and 133-67 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.

UP NEXT

South Carolina will play Saturday, June 2 at 5 p.m. against the winner of UNC Wilmington and East Carolina in game four of the 2018 NCAA Greenville Regional.