Gamecocks beat Clemson with a run in the ninth

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The University of South Carolina baseball team used a sacrifice fly from TJ Hopkins in the bottom of the ninth to walk off Clemson, 3-2, Friday night  at Founders Park.

Adam Hill and Jacob Hennessy traded zeroes on the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth as an error by Clemson second baseman Grayson Byrd brought home Jonah Bride for the first run of the game, giving the Gamecocks the 1-0 lead.

Clemson responded with a two-run homer by Seth Beer, the Tigers’ first hit of the game, making the score 2-1 Clemson in the top of the sixth.

Matt Williams entered the game in the bottom of the eighth as a pinch hitter and hit a huge home run to tie the game 2-2.

In the bottom of the ninth, Bride led off the inning with a walk. He went to third on a failed pickoff attempt, leading to Hopkins’ heroics.

Hill had another great Friday night with 14 strikeouts in seven innings, his second straight 14-strikeouts performance. Eddy Demurias is credited with the win for the Gamecocks, his first of the season. He struck out a pair in 1.2 innings of relief.


The Gamecocks and Tigers move the series to Fluor Field in Greenville, Saturday for a 3 p.m. first pitch.