South Carolina scored three runs in the top of the 11th inning to defeat Vanderbilt 7-4 in the first game of the SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover, Ala.
Behind 3-0 in the bottom of the second, Vanderbilt got a 3 RBI double from Will Toffey to tie the score. In the third inning the Gamecocks retook the lead 4-3 off a solo home run, one of three home runs for USC during the game. Vandy’s Connor Kaiser blasted a solo homer in the seventh to tie the score at 4-4. The game went into extra innings and the Commodores were unable to produce runs.
In the top of the 11th Vandy pitcher Reed Hayes walked in a run in a bases loaded situation. The Gamecocks would add two more runs in the inning. Vanderbilt went 3 up, 3 down in the bottom of the 11th to give USC the win.
South Carolina (33-23) will face Kentucky tomorrow at 9:30 am while Vanderbilt (33-22-1) will return to Nashville and begin preparing for a likely NCAA tournament bid.