March 11, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Junior first baseman Matt Williams had a career day going 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored and junior right-hander Wil Crowe allowed just one run and struck out nine in 6.2 innings of work as seventh ranked South Carolina clinched the series with a 5-2 victory over Michigan State on Saturday evening at Founders Park. The Gamecocks are now 11-5 with Michigan State dropping to 9-4 on the year.
Crowe improved to 3-0 with the win. He allowed one run on three hits with three walks and tied his season-high with nine strikeouts. Senior left-hander Josh Reagan earned his first save of the season after allowing an unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings of relief. Spartan right-hander Ethan Landon suffered the loss and is now 0-1 on the year. He allowed two runs on two hits with three walks and one strikeout in just 1.1 innings of work.
Alex Destino gave the Gamecocks an early two-run lead with a two-out single up the middle in the first inning. A Jacob Olson walk and single from Williams set the stage for Destino, who knocked the first pitch he saw over the head of MSU second baseman Dan Durkin.
Michigan State responded in the top of the second as Alex Troop belted a two-out solo home run to right field, his first homer of the year.
Williams led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo homer to right field to extend the lead back to a pair of runs. Chris Cullen and Destino each followed with walks and advanced on a sacrifice bunt delivered by Jonah Bride. LT Tolbert drove both runners in with a double down the right field line, giving Carolina a four-run lead. The Spartans would get a run back in the eighth but that would be it as Carolina earned the three-run victory.
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