Gamecocks Earn 5-4 Win over Davidson in Midweek Action
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Hunter Taylor and Justin Row each homered on the way to a 5-4 victory for the University of South Carolina baseball team over Davidson on Tuesday night. The Gamecocks improve to 14-11 on the season.
South Carolina starting pitcher Logan Chapman earned the win for the Gamecocks and is 2-0 on the year. He threw five innings and gave up two runs on three hits but also struck out six in the process. Junior right-hander Eddy Demurias got his second save of the season as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out one.
The Gamecocks took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Riley Hogan drove in Justin Row on a groundout to the first baseman. Row made it over to third after a single from Chris Cullen and a throwing error on the Davidson third baseman Ward Coleman.
The Gamecocks added another run to go up 2-0 two innings later in the bottom of the fourth. LT Tolbertwas hit by a pitch and then scored on a double from Justin Row coupled with a fielding error from the Davidson left fielder.
Davidson fought back to tie it at two in the top of the fifth inning. Andrew Born and Max Bazin both scored after a walk and a single, respectively. A balk from Chapman moved each of them up and then Zach Nussbaum drove in Born on a RBI groundout to third base. Bazin was driven in by a single from Alex Mardiney which was nearly negated by an outstanding diving catch attempt by USC RF Jacob Olson that came up just short when the ball popped out of his glove.
The Gamecocks answered right back by hitting home runs in the next two innings. Hunter Taylor hit his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot, while leading off the fifth inning. Justin Row hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth to extend the Gamecocks lead to 5-2.
The Wildcats added another two runs in the top half of the eighth to cut the USC lead to one, where it would remain to be the final score, 5-4. Eric Jones hit a rocket up the middle, nearly hitting Eddy Demurias’ leg, which made it into centerfield and allowed Alex Mardiney to score. The very next batter, Ward Coleman, hit a blooper into centerfield which popped out of the glove once again of a diving Danny Blair, allowing Brett Centracchio to come home.
The Wildcats got a runner on in the ninth but a double play groundout ended the game.