The Gamecocks won the opener of their doubleheader 4-3 in 10 innings and took the seven-inning nightcap 5-2 by scoring four runs in the seventh inning. They were forced to play two because of inclement weather the day before.
Actually, they won all three games in the weekend series in their final at-bat. They've now won nine such games this season. The sweep was their fourth in league play this year.
The Gamecocks (25-19, 17-4) now hold an 18 percentage-point lead over Tennessee Tech (32-12, 19-5) and a one-game lead over Belmont (30-12, 16-5), which comes to Rudy Abbott Field this weekend. It’s the latest they have held sole possession of the OVC lead since they were last the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament in 2008.
Eddie Mora-Loera’s three-run double with two outs highlighted the big seventh inning in the nightcap. Mora-Loera and two hits and drove in four runs in the game.
The teams played a scoreless game through five innings and both scored a run in the sixth. JSU starter Tony Urban retired 17 straight Redhawks at one point.
The Gamecocks rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 in the opener. Andrew Bishop's solo homer tied the game in the seventh and Chase Silvani's sacrifice fly in the 10th won it.
Graham Officer earned the pitching victory in both games, with closer Travis Stout collecting his 14th save in the opener.