NASHVILLE, TENN. - A two-out single by Max Schrock in the top of the ninth inning and a one-out solo homer by Joey Pankake in the top of the 10th helped lift South Carolina to a come-from-behind win over Vanderbilt on Thursday night in the first game of a three-game SEC baseball series at Hawkins Field.
The Gamecocks improve to 41-13, 17-11 in the SEC, with Vanderbilt now 39-15 and 16-12 in league play.
Trailing 3-2 entering the top of the ninth inning, the Gamecocks mounted a rally as Gene Cone led off with a walk. A sac bunt by Jordan Gore moved Cone into scoring position. With two outs and Schrock at the plate, the sophomore second baseman knocked a RBI single into right field to tie the game up.
Joel Seddon entered in the bottom of the ninth and Vanderbilt threatened to end the game as John Norwood singled and Rhett Wiseman walked to open the frame. With one out and runners still on first and second base, Ro Coleman knocked a base hit up the middle. Vanderbilt looked to score as Wiseman was sent around third towards home, but a perfect throw by center fielder Tanner English kept the winning run from scoring. Seddon got out of the inning with a flyout by Dansby Swanson.
Riding the momentum from that frame, Pankake would deliver in the 10th as he blasted a 0-1 pitch from Brian Miller for a solo homer to left-center for his fifth homer of the year to give Carolina a one-run advantage.
Vanderbilt would threaten one more time in the bottom of the 10th as Xavier Turner drew a leadoff walk. A sac bunt moved him into scoring position, but Seddon dug deep and struck out Zander Wiel and induced Vince Conde into a groundout to second preserving the Gamecock victory. The win was South Carolina's fifth of the season when trailing entering the ninth inning.