In the series opener against LSU on Thursday, South Carolina baseball waited until the final inning to score a run, but it wasn’t enough to avoid the loss.
In the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, the No. 11 Gamecocks once more took their time to get going offensively. This time, however, they didn’t just score once in the final frame — they poured it on to seize the lead and the 4-2 win in the abbreviated seven-inning contest
Sophomore second baseman Braylen Wimmer and junior outfielder Brady Allen both hit two-run doubles in the seventh, tying and then putting USC ahead. All told, the Gamecocks put up four of their seven total hits in the final inning, bursting out of a slump that had seen them tally just one run in the previous 15 innings.
Up until that pivotal inning, LSU redshirt junior starter A.J. Labas had been in firm control, escaping jams in the first and second innings and then cruising through the rest of the game until giving up back-to-back singles to open the seventh.
On the other side of things, LSU had jumped out early and then went quiet late. In the bottom of the first, USC senior right-handed starter Brannon Jordan walked a batter, then gave up a double to left field. The relay home beat the runner trying to score, but sophomore Colin Burgess couldn’t hold on to the ball on the tag, and the run scored.
In the second, the Gamecocks threatened when sophomore second baseman Braylen Wimmer singled with two outs, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Just as he did Thursday, though, LSU freshman shortstop Jordan Thompson saved his pitcher with some outstanding defense, diving up the middle and making the throw to rob senior George Callil of an RBI single.
Once more, LSU immediately seized on of South Carolina’s struggle to score, working at-bats well against Jordan to the tune of two walks on 18 combined pitches. After that, a soft line drive fell in in front of Josiah Sightler in left to load the bases, and a sacrifice fly scored a run.
NEXT USC BASEBALL GAME
Who: No. 11 South Carolina vs. LSU
When: 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Alex Box, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Watch: Streaming online on SEC Network Plus via WatchESPN