Jordan Gore's one-out solo homer in the bottom of the14th lifted second ranked South Carolina to a 3-2 walk-off win over 20th rankedTennessee in the resumption of game one of the series between the Gamecocks and Volunteers. The Gamecocks are now 22-3 and 4-3 in the SECwith Tennessee 19-5 and 3-4 in league play.
Jack Wynkoop won in his first relief stint with threeinnings of scoreless relief. He is now5-1 on the year. Tennessee relieverTrevor Bettencourt suffered the loss and is now 0-1 for the season.
The game began on Friday evening and was halted beforethe top of the 12th due to rain in Columbia and resumed Saturday afternoon at 4p.m. Gore's blast was his first careerhome run in a Gamecock uniform.
Tennessee took a 1-0 lead over South Carolina in the topof the fourth. Christin Stewart doubled down the left field line and advancedto third on Nick Senzel's base hit. With two outs, Stewart would then scorewhen Elliot Caldwell dropped a fly ball in left field.
The Gamecocks responded with a run in the bottom of thesix to tie the score at 1-1. With two outs, Joey Pankake singled and quicklycame home as Kyle Martin followed with a double that landed just in front ofthe bull pen in left-center.
The Volunteers reclaimed the lead in the top of theeighth. Will Maddox walked and Scott Price was hit by a pitch to open theframe. After the runners advanced on A.J. Simcox's sacrifice bunt, Maddox wasable to score on Stewart's sacrifice fly to right field and give Tennessee a 2-1advantage.
The Gamecocks responded in the bottom of the eighth totie the game. Tanner English bunted fora base hit to lead off the inning. After a wild pitch and a groundout advancedhim to third base, he was able to score on a passed ball and tie the game at2-2.
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