Another walk-off win as South Carolina sweeps Missouri

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Sam Wolfe/Special To The State

This South Carolina team is developing a flair for the dramatic. Freshman Ethan Petry drove home Will Tippett in the 12th inning to give South Carolina a 5-4 walk off win to sweep Missouri and stay perfect in the SEC. South Carolina won the first game of the doubleheader 8-1 earlier on Saturday.

South Carolina rallied with four runs in the ninth inning on Friday to earn the walk-off win as well. It’s the second straight sweep for the Gamecocks in as many weekends.

Petry, who homered in the first game of the day as well, was responsible for forcing extra innings. He tied things with a towering two-run shot in the eighth inning. Gavin Casas walked to lead off the inning and Petry blasted his 12th home of the season well over the bullpen in left-center field.

South Carolina jumped on top with a Carson Hornung 2-run home run in the fourth inning. It was his first home run since March 4 against Clemson.

The Tigers rallied back with a two-spot in the next two innings and had a 4-2 before the late inning heroics.

South Carolina ended up using six pitchers with Austin Williamson pitching up the win. Jack Mahoney only lasted 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Eli Jones, Chris Veach, Cade Austin, Austin Williamson, Eli Jerzembeck and Matthew Becker.

Becker, the Chapin native, got out of a first and third jam with no outs in the 10th inning. He got a shallow foul ball to right field that wasn’t deep enough to score the runner from third, a pop foul out to Messina behind the plate and a fly ball to right field to end the threat.

Injury update: South Carolina infielder Will McGillis is likely going to miss six weeks with a broken arm. McGillis was injured Friday night when he was hit by a pitch early in the game. McGillis was in the dugout Saturday with his arm heavily wrapped and in a sling.

McGillis, the senior transfer from Southern Miss, started the first 23 games of the season and is hitting .297 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI.

Next four USC baseball games

Tuesday: at The Citadel, 7 p.m. (ESPN Plus)

Friday: at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)

Saturday: at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)

Sunday: at Mississippi State, 3 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)