April 15, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. – After trailing by three runs entering the ninth inning, eighth ranked South Carolina fought back as Carlos Cortes hit his second homer of the game to bring the Gamecocks within one, but 13th ranked Mississippi State held on for a 5-4 win on Saturday afternoon at Founders Park. Carolina is now 21-13 on the year and 7-7 in SEC play with MSU 25-12 overall and 10-4 in the league.
Junior right-hander Trey Jolly earned the win after facing four batters and allowing just one hit in one inning of relief. He is now 2-1 on the year. Sophomore right-hander Spencer Price picked up his 13th save of the season and second of the series as he gave up two runs on one hit with one walk in one inning of work. Junior right-hander Wil Crowe suffered the loss and is now 3-3 on the year. He went a season-high eight-plus innings allowing five runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Mississippi State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning as Luke Alexander belted a solo homer to left field, his fourth of the season and 17th RBI of the year.
The Gamecocks responded with a home run of their own in the bottom of the third. Jacob Olson led off with a single to left field and Carlos Cortes made it 2-1 as he launched his second home run of the season over the right field wall.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning. Cody Brown reached first on an error and Hunter Vansau brought the tying run home with a double to left-center.
MSU took a 5-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning thanks to three singles, including a pair of infield hits and a wild pitch. With bases loaded and no outs, Josh Lovelady grounded out to Jonah Bride to score Ryan Gridley. Brown, who singled up the middle earlier in the inning, scored the Bulldogs’ second run of the inning on a wild pitch by Colie Bowers. They added the final run of the inning on a two-out RBI single by Hunter Stovall to right field.
Olson and Cortes kept the Gamecocks in the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Olson walked with one out and scored on Cortes’ second homer of the game to bring the Gamecocks within a run. But that would be it for Carolina as Price retired the final two Gamecock hitters of the inning to seal the win for MSU.
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