Gamecocks keep season alive with first-round win

uscbase-huddleNo. 11 seed South Carolina needed a win in the first round of the SEC Baseball Tournament on Tuesday to keep its season alive.

The Gamecocks delivered by breaking an eight-game SEC Tournament losing streak with a 7-4 extra-inning upset over No. 6 seed Vanderbilt.

This is the first win for South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook (1-7) in the SEC Tournament, and only the second time in the last 10 seasons Vanderbilt has lost its tournament opener. The Commodores are going home without a tournament win for the first time since 2003.

South Carolina took advantage of struggling pitcher Matt Ruppenthal hitting three home runs in the first three innings to build an early lead. Vandy rallied to tie it and send it into extra innings, but the Gamecocks battled back to beat the Commodores in the 11th.

South Carolina advances to the double-elimination portion of the tournament. USC plays No. 3 seed Kentucky on Wednesday in Game 5. First pitch is scheduled at 10:30 am ET on SEC Network.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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