Greiner's pinch-hit puts Gamecocks over App. State
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Grayson Greiner's one-out walk-off pinch-hit single in
the bottom of the ninth inning lifted top-ranked South Carolina to a 2-1
victory over Appalachian State on Tuesday night at Carolina Stadium.
Left-handed pitcher Vince Fiori worked 1.1 hitless
innings of relief to pick up his first win of the season. He is 1-0 on
the year. Appalachian State starter Taylor Thurber suffered the loss and
is now 0-3 for the season. He allowed a run on three hits in 2.1 innings.
After three scoreless innings, the Gamecocks took a 1-0
lead in the bottom of the fourth. With his second hit in as many at bats, Joey
Pankake singled up the middle, stole second and scored on Connor Bright's RBI
South Carolina starter Evan Beal hurled 5.1 scoreless
innings allowing just two hits and striking out three batters.
The Mountaineers capitalized on a South Carolina error in
the top of the sixth to even the score at 1-1. With two outs, Gamecock reliever
Josh Reagan hit Preston Troutman with a pitch and then overthrew an attempted
pickoff, which allowed Troutman to advance to third. Jaylin Davis followed with
a base hit to left field to bring Troutman home.
It remained that way until the ninth inning when Connor
Bright opened the frame with a single up the middle and advanced to second on
pinch hitter Jordan Gore's sacrifice bunt. With a runner in scoring position,
Greiner stepped up to the plate. After working the count full, he
hammered a 3-2 pitch to left field allowing Bright to score and sealing the
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