Gamecocks use clutch hitting to edge Mississippi State

Collyn Taylor, GamecockCentral.com
Gamecock Central

The Gamecocks were in danger of being swept for the first time since 2015, but Carlos Cortes and Jonah Bride had other ideas.

Down a run in the sixth inning, the freshman hammered a game-tying home run to right field, his fourth of the season and third in two games.

It vaulted the Gamecocks to a 2-1 win over Mississippi State Sunday after Bride drove in the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

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The Gamecocks would plate two more in the eighth on a two-out, two-RBI single from LT Tolbert and turned the ball over to Tyler Johnson in the ninth.

Johnson would close the door on the vaunted Mississippi State lineup, striking out the first two batters he faced and inducing a game-ending groundout.

It’s the Gamecocks first win in their last four games and just their second SEC win in six tries.

Adam Hill would befuddle Bulldog hitters through the first five innings of the game, giving up just two hits in five shutout innings. He would surrender a run in the sixth after a leadoff double and wild pitch moved Jake Mangum to third on a wild pitch.

Mangum would come around to score on a RBI double from Ryan Gridley.

It didn’t take long for the score to be evened, though.

After Hill used a double play to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, Cortes launched his mammoth shot to right to tie the game.

Josh Reagan would come in for Hill to start the seventh, ending the sophomore’s second-straight sensational start. He threw six-plus innings of no-hit baseball last weekend against Vanderbilt.

Hill would finish throwing six innings, giving up one run on three hits. He walked four batters and struck out seven.

Mississippi State wouldn't get a runner past first base the last three innings of the game.

After struggling with runners on base all weekend, the Gamecocks went 4-for-9 with men on and 3-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Play of the Game: With the Gamecocks leading by just one, LT Tolbert hit a two-RBI single in the eighth to make it a three-run game. It busted the game open, as they'd plate three more runs in the inning.

Top Performer: After being benched yesterday, Madison Stokes responded by tying his career-high with three hits. He finished 3-for-4 with a RBI.

Up Next: The Gamecocks host Davidson Tuesday at 7 p.m. in their last midweek game of the month. No starter has been named yet.

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