ATHENS, Ga. -- Jackie Bradley Jr. reached base five times with four hits, including a homer and a game-winning RBI single in the top of the seventh inning, as South Carolina held on for an 8-7 victory over Georgia in Game 2 of a doubleheader Sunday at Foley Field.
Carolina (32-8, 14-4 in Southeastern Conference) swept the three-game series dropping Georgia to 12-28 and 3-15. South Carolina has won all six SEC series this year and nine straight dating back to last season.
USC junior right-hander Sam Dyson hurled a three-hit, seven-inning shutout in the 5-0 opener. He was backed by a pair of homers from Nick Ebert and Adrian Morales.
In the late game, with the score deadlocked at 7, the Gamecocks made their move in the top of the seventh. Whit Merrifield reached with a leadoff walk and stole second base to set the stage for Bradley. On a 1-2 pitch, Bradley drilled a single to center field that scored Merrifield and put the Gamecocks up a run.
The bottom of the seventh was not without dramatics either. Georgia loaded the bases with one out on a pair of hits and an intentional walk. Gamecocks freshman reliever Ethan Carter struck out Brett DeLoach for the second out. Carter then sealed the victory, coaxing pinch hitter Zach Taylor to fly out to left to end the threat.
Carolina scored four runs in the first inning off Georgia starter Michael Palazzone. USC made it 5-0 in the second and 7-4 in the fourth.
The Gamecocks started off with three consecutive hits by Merrifield, Bradley and Christian Walker with Walker driving in Merrifield for the first run of the game. With runners on the corners, Jeffery Jones lifted a deep sacrifice fly to the warning track in left field scoring Bradley. Morales, who was 2-for-2 with two runs in the first game, drilled an 0-2 pitch from Palazzone over the wall in left-center, his second of the day and his fourth of the season increasing the advantage to 4-0.