COLUMBIA - South Carolina and Ole Miss, two teams who hadn't really played anybody, finally played somebody when they played each other this weekend at Carolina Stadium.
South Carolina lost the first game of the series Friday night and was an out away from falling behind 0-2 in the series in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, but the Gamecocks tied it on Max Schrock's pinch hit three-run homer in the ninth and won it 5-4 on Brison Celek's RBI single to right in the bottom of the 10th.
South Carolina (18-1, 2-1 SEC) won Saturday's second game 3-1 to take the series two games to one.
"Some days baseball will put you at a loss for words," said South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook. "I kind of felt that way, especially after game one. The beautiful thing about this game is there is no clock and no time limit. I've got a resilient group of players and they always think they can win the game. Lo and behold, they found a way to do it when the odds were stacked against them."
Schrock's dramatics were underscored by the fact he wasn't supposed to play because of a sprained ankle.
He didn't take batting practice and his injured ankle was enclosed in a boot in pre-game warmups. He was finally cleared by the training staff for pinch hit duty just prior to game one.
"I didn't feel very loose," Schrock said, "but I went up there and saw a pitch up and put a good swing on it."
In game two, South Carolina freshman pitcher Will Crowe allowed one run on six hits in 51/3 innings and relievers Cody Mincey and Joel Seddon shut out the Rebels the rest of the way.
"It was just a great day for our team," Holbrook said. "All we ask them is to never give up. I think they feel they can win every game."
In game one Friday night, Ole Miss (17-4 ,1-2 SEC) got a grand slam from Auston Bousfield in the sixth inning and no-hit relief the rest of the way to give the Rebels a 6-4 victory.
"After how we lost the game Friday night, they could have easily felt sorry for themselves and not come out without any energy," Holbrook said. "But they played their butts off. That's all we ask them to do."
After being an out away from being ahead 2-0 in the series, Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco took the losses in stride.
"It's the game," Bianco said. "We've been in a lot of close ones, and they had all gone our way. It's baseball."
You have to tip your cap. For them to finish like that, it shows what kind of club they've got. For us, it's tough. A couple of at bats, a couple of pitches. And they seemed to get all the hits. When they needed a big hit, they got it and that's how you win."
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