Feb. 7, 2002
COLUMBIA, SC –
A two out pinch hit by Trey Dyson in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night scored Drew Meyer to lift fourth ranked South Carolina to a 6-5 college baseball win over William and Mary. Meyer led off the ninth with a base hit and was sacrificed to second base. After Yaron Peters struck out Garris Gonce was intentionally walked and Dyson was called on to bat for substitute right fielder Tim Seaton.
Normally the regular designated hitter, Dyson had the night off before coming to bat in the ninth inning. He worked the count to 3-1 before hitting a soft line drive to center field and Meyer easily scored on the base hit. It was the 20th run batted in for Dyson in 12 games.
Blake Taylor, who allowed one hit over the final 2 1/3 innings, picked up his second win against no losses as South Carolina improved to 11-2. William Bray, 0-1, was charged with the loss as William and Mary dropped to 9-6.
South Carolina led 4-0 after two innings but William Mary scored all five of its runs in the fourth, thanks mostly to a grand slam home run by Marshall Hubbard. South Carolina starter Tony Adler struck out six in the first three innings before allowing five hits and five runs in the fourth. Mitch Walk singled, Michael Brown doubled to score Walk, Matt McGuire singled and Trey Wakefield walked to load the bases. Hubbard hit a line drive over the right field fence to clear the bases and give William and Mary a 5-4 lead.
A walk to Jon Coutlangus, double by Meyer, and singles by Steve Thomas and Gary Bell scored three first inning runs for South Carolina. The Gamecocks made it 4-0 in the second when William and Mary committed three errors around a hit by Coutlangus.
South Carolina tied the score in the eighth inning. Justin Harris singled and came around to score on a double by Landon Powell.
Meyer and Thomas had two of South Carolina’s nine hits while Brown had two of eight hits by William and Mary. Peters, who had hit safely in every South Carolina game this season, went 0-4 to end his hitting streak at 12 games.
South Carolina continues its home stand with a three game weekend series against Seton Hall at Sarge Frye Field. Game times are 7 p.m., Friday, 4 p.m., Saturday and `1:30 Sunday.
WILLIAM AND MARY 000 500 000 – 5-8-3
SOUTH CAROLINA 310 000 011 – 6-9-0
Barden, Bogardus (4), Harris (7), Bray (7), Ray (9) and Kirby. Adler, Hernandez (4), Campbell (7), Taylor (7) and Powell. W-Taylor (2-0), L-Bray (0-1). Save-None. 2B-WM, Rymes, Brown, USC, Meyer, Thomas, Powell. HR-WM, Hubbard (2).