It’s about time that South Carolina Gamecocks pitcher Wil Crowe got some run support to go along with a solid outing.
Crowe went seven strong as the Gamecocks scored four in the 8th, winning 6-3 and taking a crucial series at Vanderbilt.
It looked like another tough offensive day was in the cards for the Gamecocks (42-14, 18-12 SEC) as they couldn’t get much going to start out. They did take a 1-0 lead on a Joey Pankake first inning single, but would fail to take advantage of several RISP situations through the middle innings, a familiar problem that has haunted them at times throughout the season. Meanwhile, Vandy (40-16, 17-13) would score a pair in the 4th to go ahead 2-1.But then the Gamecocks would finally take advantage. Tanner English came in on a wild pitch in the 6th to make it 2-2. Then, the big inning: a four spot in the 8th (thanks to a Kyle Martin single up the middle, a Joey Pankake single off of the pitcher’s glove, and a DC Arendas two-run single through the hole in right) to make it 6-2.
It was all in support of Crowe (7-3), who struck out nine, walked none and allowed three runs on two hits through seven solid innings to get his first win since March 30. Joel Seddon came in and pitched two shutout innings for the save.
The series win gives a boost to the Gamecocks’ hopes to host a regional and gain a national seed to grab home field through the super regional round. Going in, their RPI was 12, while Vandy’s was 7–a few wins in the SEC tournament (certainly an SEC title) should do the trick.
The scene shifts to the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama, starting on Tuesday.