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May 19, 2015

Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
South Carolina (32-25) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Missouri (30-26) 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 X 5 11 1

HOOVER, ALA. – Missouri right-hander Reggie McClain allowed just one unearned run in seven-plus innings of work and was backed by an offense that tallied 11 hits as the Tigers defeated South Carolina 5-1 on Tuesday afternoon in an elimination game in the 2015 SEC Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. South Carolina falls to 32-25 on the year with Missouri 30-26 for the season.

McClain just allowed six hits with no walks and four strikeouts to earn the win. He is 7-7 on the year. Missouri right-hander Breckin Williams pitched two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts to earn his 13th save of the year. Gamecock left-hander Jack Wynkoop suffered the loss and is now 8-5 on the year. He allowed four runs on nine hits in seven innings with a walk and four strikeouts.

Missouri broke ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning. Wynkoop hit Brett Bond with a 0-2 pitch to open the inning and Shane Benes doubled to left field to give the Tigers a pair of runners. Trey Harris would drive in Bond with a RBI single and after the bases were loaded, Benes would score on Jake Ivory’s sac fly to center.

Carolina would get a run back in the top of the third to cut the deficit to a run. With one out and Clark Scolamiero on first base, Gene Cone knocked a single into right field to give the Gamecocks runners on the corners. DC Arendas would drive in Scolamiero with a sac fly to left field.

Missouri made it 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Trey Harris doubled to open the frame and scored on Zach Lavy’s RBI single.

The Gamecocks threatened in the top of the eighth inning. Clark Scolamiero led off with a single and Gene Cone doubled to give the Gamecocks runners on second and third and no outs. Williams entered for McClain and set down DC Arendas and Kyle Martin with a pair of strikeouts and induced a flyout to left off the bat of Elliott Caldwell to end the threat. Missouri would ride the momentum to score two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

With South Carolina threatening with runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the eighth inning, Missouri closer Breckin Williams retired Arendas, Martin and Caldwell without allowing a run.

Seven of nine Missouri starters had at least one hit leading to five runs including two hits from Shane Benes and three from Trey Harris.

• South Carolina sophomore outfielder Gene Cone went 3-for-4 at the plate to tie a career-high in hits.
• Arendas tallied his team-best seventh sacrifice fly in the second inning for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina awaits word on the announcement of the field of 64 for the 2015 NCAA Division I baseball tournament.