USC Baseball

Greiner gets even

May 17, 2013 

South Carolina's Grayson Greiner

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

— This time, South Carolina came up with the late-inning magic.

Grayson Greiner’s two-out, two-run homer in the 10th inning lifted the No. 14-ranked Gamecocks to a 5-3 win at Dudy Noble Field on Friday night. That evened the series, with Game 3 set for 3 p.m. today.

Greiner, who had three hits on the night, smashed the first pitch he saw from reliever Daryl Norris over the left field wall. It was the sophomore catcher’s fourth homer of the year, and he said he was sitting on the slider because he saw Norris throwing it during his warmup.

“If I got it, I was going to take a good hack at it, and if I didn’t, I was just going to take it. I got one, and I got the barrel to it,” Greiner said.

With the win, the Gamecocks (39-15, 17-11 SEC) secured the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye for the SEC tournament. They’ll open play in Hoover, Ala., on Wednesday.

After MSU (39-16, 15-14) scored twice in the seventh for a 3-2 lead, it looked like the Gamecocks had blown another one. The Bulldogs rallied from three down the night before in a 5-4 win.

But South Carolina tied it in the eighth. Max Schrock, who reached on a single and advanced to third base on Chase Vergason’s single, scored on a wild pitch by closer Jonathan Holder.

MSU loaded the bases in the ninth with two outs, but Wes Rea fouled out to end the threat.

“To say this was a great win does not do it justice,” South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook said.

Starter Jordan Montgomery got a no-decision, but he tossed seven innings, allowing three runs. South Carolina is 5-0 this year when he goes at least six innings.

The Gamecocks got to MSU starter Kendall Graveman in the fifth, manufacturing two runs. He’d retired nine in a row before Greiner singled to lead off the inning, and then Graveman walked Graham Saiko.

Two batters later, Greiner scored on Connor Bright’s groundout, and Saiko came across on a wild pitch with two outs.

MSU threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with one out. But it managed only a run, when Adam Frazier scored on a wild pitch on C.T. Bradford’s swinging strikeout.

“In a ballgame like this, you’re going to say a lot of what-ifs, whoever wins and whoever loses,” MSU coach John Cohen said. “South Carolina probably said a lot of what-ifs about (Thursday) night.”

Bradford (0-1) pitched two-thirds of an inning of relief and took the loss. Adam Westmoreland (7-1) tossed two shutout innings for the win, while Tyler Webb worked the 10th inning for his 16th save.

Alex Detz had four hits for MSU.

USCMSU
abRhbiabrhbi
Schrock 2b5110Frazier ss5220
Vrgson 3b5010Detz 3b4040
Pankake ss5010Frost 3b0000
Dntzler dh3110Renfroe rf4000
Greiner c4232Pirtie 2b3022
Saiko lf3110Rea 1b5000
Martin 1b5010Brdfrd cf/p5000
Bright rf3001Hndrson lf5000
SSllvn rf1000Ammrti c5010
English cf4000Armstrg dh3110
Robson cf0000
Holder p0000
Girodo p0000
Slauter ph1000
Pllrena cf0000
Totals 38593Totals 403102

USC00002001025
MSU00000120003

DP—S. Carolina 1. LOB—S. Carolina 9, MSU 11. 2B—Detz (11). HR—Greiner (4). HBP—SSullivan; Pirtie 2. SB—S. Sullivan (3).

USCIPHRERBBSO
Montgomery793314
Westmoreland W,7-1210012
Webb S,16100001

MSUIPHRERBBSO
Graveman61/352214
Mitchell1/300000
Bracewell2/311100
Bradford L,0-12/311110
Holder11/300022
Girodo1/300001
Norris021110
Cox1/300001

Bradford faced 1 batter in the 8th.

WP—Montgomery (3); Holder (4); Graveman (3). HBP— by Montgomery (Pirtie); by Holder (S. Sullivan); by Westmoreland (Pirtie). Umpires—HP: AJ Lostaglio 1B: Stephen Hagan 2B: Scott Cline 3B: Scott Kennedy. T—3:13. A—6,932

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