COLUMBIA - Weber Pike's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a four-run frame as third-ranked South Carolina (12-0) rallied for a victory over Stetson (2-11) on Wednesday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.
Joey Pankake drove in South Carolina's first run with a one-out single to score Tanner English. With two outs and runners on second and third, the Gamecocks tied it as Connor Bright reached on an infield single that scored pinch runner Gene Cone.
After Bright stole second base, Pike lifted a 0-2 pitch into center for a single, scoring a pair of runners and giving South Carolina a two-run lead.
Cody Mincey retired all three batters he faced in the eighth inning and Joel Seddon closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save.
Senior right-hander Hunter Privette earned a win with one scoreless inning of relief. Stetson reliever Tyler Warmoth suffered the loss and allowed two runs on three hits in 2/3 innings.
South Carolina's 10-hit afternoon saw two-hit games from English, Logan Koch and Marcus Mooney.
The Gamecocks return to action this weekend hosting a three-game series against Brown. First pitch for the opener on Friday is 7 p.m. with Saturday's game scheduled for 4 p.m. and Sunday's series finale at 12:30 p.m.
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