Gamecocks clinch series with 3-1 win over Missouri
Jack Wynkoop and three Gamecock relievers limited the
Tigers to just one run on six hits and 11th ranked South Carolina belted out 11
hits on the way to a 3-1 win over Missouri to clinch a weekend SEC series at
The Gamecocks are
38-13 and 15-11 in the SEC with Missouri dropping to 20-29 and 6-20 in league
play. The series concludes on Sunday at
1:30 p.m. Live video broadcast at GamecocksOnline
on the All Access Channel with the game also available on the Gamecock IMG
Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game."
Wynkoop allowed just a solo home run in the first inning
and worked 5.2 innings to improve to 7-3 on the year. He struck out two and walked one. Taylor Widener added 0.2 scoreless and Cody
Mincey pitched a perfect 1.2 innings before giving way to right-hander Joel
Seddon who pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save of the year. Missouri starter Peter Fairbanks suffered the
loss and is now 4-6 for the season. He
allowed three runs, one earned, on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Josh Lester staked Missouri a 1-0 lead in the first
inning with a solo home run. Lester
launched a 2-0 pitch over the right field wall for his first homer of the year.
South Carolina would ride the momentum of a great
defensive play by Gene Cone in the top of the third to lead to a pair of runs
in the bottom half of the frame. After a
flyout to right field, Cone threw a perfect strike home to nab Brett Peel
trying to score keeping the Gamecocks within a run. A surge followed as both Patrick Harrington
and Marcus Mooney led off the bottom half of the third with base hits.
After Max Schrock sacrificed both runners
into scoring position, Kyle Martin would drive in Harrington with a RBI
groundout. A Missouri miscue would give
the Gamecocks a 2-1 lead as Greiner reached base on a throwing error by
Missouri third baseman Ryan Howard allowing Mooney to score.
An unearned run in the bottom of the sixth extended the
lead to 3-1. Missouri left fielder
Dillon Everett dropped a fly ball allowing Gene Cone to reach second base. With two outs he would score on a RBI base
hit to center off the bat of Schrock.
Eight of nine Gamecocks in the starting lineup had at
least one hit. DC Arendas went 3-for-4
tying a career-high in hits and Patrick Harrington went 2-for-3 with a run
scored. Lester was 2-for-4 to lead
Missouri at the plate.