South Carolina clinches series over No. 5 Florida
COLUMBIA, SC--- After a long Friday night that concluded with a 14th-inning walk-off hit by Colin Burgess, No. 25 South Carolina came into Saturday’s game without much sleep but the same mission in mind: Beat Florida.
In a key series win, the Gamecocks were able to accomplish that mission by defeating the No. 5 Gators 4-1, giving South Carolina their first series win over their SEC East foe since 2011.
Gamecocks’ starter Brannon Jordan was the biggest factor in South Carolina’s win. Jordan would allow just the one run to the Gators while striking out nine Florida batters.
“He was able to throw anything he want when he wanted”, said South Carolina head coach Mark Kingston.
While USC’s pitching controlled the Gators offense, the Gamecocks couldn’t quite find their offensive rhythm until the fifth inning when Wes Clarke hit his twelfth home run of the season, this one a three-run homer, to give South Carolina a 3-1 lead
“We’re looking to hit those pitches they love to throw because it brings good results,” said Clarke.
The scoring would continue for Carolina in the bottom of the 8thinning as David Mendham is brought home of a sacrifice fly from George Callil to bring the lead to 4-1.
South Carolina’s David Mendham would extend the Gamecocks’ lead in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly to score George Calil and push the lead to 4-1.
Coach Mark Kingston said that while he’s happy to get the win and clinch the series, he’s focusing on tomorrow to complete the series sweep.
South Carolina will look to complete the weekend sweep on Sunday at noon on the SEC Network.