In a season that has no shortage of heartbreaking losses, this is probably the worst for the South Carolina baseball team. The Gamecocks took a 9-0 early lead, then another one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to lose 13-12 on a two-out home run.
The Gamecocks (23-22, 9-14) were just one strike closer Matthew Becker was 0-2 over Logan Britt with two outs in the ninth inning. He ended up walking a walk, which brought up Brett Minnich, who was 0 for 4 that day and had already left five runners stranded on base.
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But Minnich got his hands on a rolling ball in the area and drove Becker’s offer over the center field wall to send the Gamecocks to a series loss.
South Carolina couldn’t have lost more disappointingly taking a 9-0 lead that they held for four innings, thanks in large part to a seven-run second inning.
The Aggies (30-15, 14-9) continued to nibble, scoring five runs in the fifth inning on a grand slam from starting pitcher Ryan Targac. Noah Room. The reigning SEC co-pitcher of the week had one of his most forgettable outings of the season when he failed to get out of the fifth inning allowing five runs, all earned, on six hits with two walks, three batters hit and five strikeouts.
reliever Cade Austin came out of the bullpen and after coming out of the fifth inning worked a clear sixth and gave up a run in the seventh. The Gamecocks entered the bottom of the eighth inning with a 10-6 lead, but Austin and Becker combined to give up five earned runs.
The first four batters reached base in the eighth off Austin, which allowed a two-run homer at the time. Becker finally came out of the inning with the bases loaded and gave his team a shot in the ninth.
Down a race, Braylen Wimmer capped off their 4-for-5 day with a solo shot to start the inning and tie the game. Talmadge Le Croywho singled, stood at third base with two outs and the team’s lead batter Brandt Belk at play. Belk hit a spinner on the third base line and LeCroy ended up scoring to put the Gamecocks ahead.
After missing the save, Becker had the opportunity for a win and was just one strike away from doing so. But Minnich’s home run to center sent Becker to a 2-4 record this season as the Gamecocks lost their second game in two days.
The two teams will meet again on the diamond on Sunday as South Carolina looks to win a game in the road series. The first pitch is set for 2 p.m. and will air on SEC Network+.