White Soundoff: ‘It ain’t over ’til it’s over’

Posted by NEIL WHITE on March 15, 2014 

Max Schrock delivers a pinch-hit, game-tying two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Ole Miss at Carolina Stadium.

DWAYNE MCLEMORE — dmclemore@thestate.com

Games such as South Carolina’s 5-4 victory in 10 innings against Mississippi in Saturday’s doubleheader opener don’t come along often. But when they do, you can only marvel at the wonderful game of baseball.

No game ends until the team with the lead can get its opponent out 27 times. And that last out can be oh-so-hard to get. The Gamecocks are proof of that. Down 4-1 with two outs in the ninth, Connor Bright lashes an RBI single and Max Schrock comes off the bench to hit a storybook, two-run homer to force extra innings.

The victory was reminiscent of USC’s 5-3 win against Clemson two weeks ago in the final game of the series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers led by a pair of runs with two outs in the ninth before four straight base hits by the Gamecocks plated four runs and clinched a series sweep.

Those types of comebacks say something about the top-ranked Gamecocks, who are showing they have more going for them than ability. They’re also displaying the kind of resolve that can go a long way, especially once postseason play begins.

The Rebels, who won Friday night’s game to give USC its first loss of the season, appeared headed to a potential series sweep after getting the first 26 outs in the Saturday opener. But the Gamecocks refused to let them get one more before tying it up.

Between games of the doubleheader, the head-shaking homer and ensuing win had USC athletics director Ray Tanner quoting Yogi Berra: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

So true.

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