No. 16 Gamecocks run-rule No. 12 Auburn to even series

No. 16 Gamecocks run-rule No. 12 Auburn to even series

From staff reports | Photo courtesy of SC Athletics

No. 16 South Carolina responded from a Friday night loss with a 10-1 victory in five innings over No. 12 Auburn on Saturday at Jane B. Moore Field. South Carolina blasted two home runs as every player in the starting lineup reached base to help the Gamecocks tie the series.

The win marked the first time since 2017 the Tigers allowed 10 or more runs at home and was South Carolina’s first SEC run-rule victory this season. The victory was the Gamecocks’ first in Auburn since 2013. 

The Gamecocks improved to 6-11 against ranked opponents and went to 6-10 in conference games while Auburn fell to 9-5 in SEC play. 

South Carolina (30-12, 6-10 SEC) came out of the gate swinging.

The Gamecocks loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning before Alyssa Kumiyama cleared the bases with a double to give SC an early 3-0 lead through one. 

The scoring continued in the second with a bang when Jana Johns blasted a no-doubter over the wall in left to extend the lead to 5-0 through two. 

But the Gamecocks weren’t done there. They posted four more runs in the third. The team had two walks with bases loaded before Mackenzie Boesel plated a run extended the South Carolina lead to 9-0 through three. 

Cayla Drotar helped her own cause in the fourth when she hit a ball to right off the right fielder’s glove that eventually bounced over the wall for the Gamecocks’ second homer of the day to push the lead to 10-0 over the Tigers. 

Auburn (33-9, 9-5) showed some fight with a single run in the bottom of the fourth, but it wasn’t enough. The Gamecocks shut the door in the bottom of the fifth with a commanding run-rule victory.

Drotar (7-5) went the distance allowing just four hits on 19 batters faced. 

Johns led the way at the plate going 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Kumiyama had three RBI, as well.