Gamecocks drop two in 24 hours at SEC Tournament

The 12th-ranked Gamecocks trip to the SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover, AL, lasted less than 24 hours after suffering a pair of losses late Thursday night and Friday afternoon.

On Wednesday night, South Carolina rallied from three runs down to tie the game in the fourth inning, but 13th ranked Mississippi State scored twice in the ninth inning with RBI base hits from Wes Rea and DeMarcus Henderson as the Bulldogs defeated South Carolina 5-3 in a game that ended just before midnight.

On Thursday, South Carolina again rallied from three runs down, however top-ranked Vanderbilt loaded the bases in the 10th inning and with one out a RBI base hit from Conrad Gregor lifted the Commodores to a 4-3 win over the Gamecocks in an elimination game.

The Gamecocks are now 39-18 with Vanderbilt 49-8 on the year. South Carolina now awaits word on the announcement of the NCAA Division I Championship 64-team field that will be announced on Monday at Noon on ESPNU. Host sites to the 16 NCAA Regionals will be announced on Sunday at approximately 9 p.m ET on NCAA.COM.

With the score deadlocked at 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th, Tony Kemp led off with a base hit to right field for the Commodores. Xavier Turner then came up with a big hit as he squared up to bunt but then turned back into a batting stance and pushed a base hit into right field to give Vanderbilt runners on the corners.

The Gamecocks went to the pen for left-hander Tyler Webb. Webb would keep the game in check with a strikeout of Mike Yastrzemski for the first out of the inning. After Connor Harrell was intentionally walked, Conrad Gregor knocked a grounder through the right side and into right field for a base hit scoring Kemp and clinching the victory for the Commodores.

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