Hopkins’ three-run homer sends Gamecocks to semis

uscbase-homerTJ Hopkins’ pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning helped lift South Carolina to a 3-1 win over Kentucky to advance the Gamecocks to the semifinals of the 2017 SEC Tournament. The Gamecocks are now 35-24 on the year with Kentucky falling to 39-20 for the season.

Trailing 1-0 entering the seventh inning, the Gamecocks mounted a rally as Alex Destino got things started with a leadoff walk against UK reliever Logan Salow. After a sacrifice bunt by Jonah Bride moved pinch runner Christian Flint into scoring position, Carolina caught a break as Jacob Olson reached base on a fielding error by Kentucky third baseman Luke Becker. With runners on first and second, head coach Chad Holbrook called on Hopkins, who lifted a 2-0 pitch from Salow over the wall in left field for his fifth home run of the season to give Carolina a 3-1 lead.

The Wildcats would threaten in both the eighth and ninth innings, but the Carolina bullpen held them off. With two outs and runners on second and third base in the eighth inning, senior right-hander Reed Scott induced a groundout by T.J. Collett to maintain the two-run advantage. In the top of the ninth with a runner on first and one out, Tyler Johnson closed out the game as he struck out Connor Heady and got the 27th out on a grounder to Matt Williams off the bat of Tristan Pompey to seal the victory.

Senior left-hander Josh Reagan earned the win in relief. He is now 6-2 for the season. He pitched 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Johnson earned his 10th save of the season. Salow took the loss for Kentucky and is 2-5 on the year after allowing three runs, two earned, on one hit in 1.2 innings of work.

Kentucky went ahead 1-0 in the top of the first tinning with an unearned run. Pompey led off with a single and advanced to second as the sun played havoc on a ball hit to right field off the bat of Evan White that Jacob Olson couldn’t corral. After a sacrifice bunt, Pompey would score on Luke Becker’s RBI groundout.

South Carolina will face second seeded LSU in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Photo courtesy of SEC Athletics

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