South Carolina defeats Missouri, will play Arkansas on Wednesday

By: The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Missouri's Matt Berler (10) beats the tag from South Carolina infielder Justin Row as he slides into second base during the fifth inning of a Southeastern Conference tournament NCAA college baseball game Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Missouri's Matt Berler (10) beats the tag from South Carolina infielder Justin Row as he slides into second base during the fifth inning of a Southeastern Conference tournament NCAA college baseball game Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

— South Carolina rallied with three runs in the seventh inning to beat Missouri 4-2 Tuesday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The fifth-seeded Gamecocks (33-22) will face No. 4 Arkansas Wednesday when the tournament's format moves to double elimination. Missouri (34-22) was eliminated from the tournament.

Missouri jumped ahead 2-0 in the fourth inning, but South Carolina responded with a run in the fifth. The Gamecocks pushed ahead 4-2 with three runs in the seventh, using three singles and three walks to take control.

South Carolina's Eddy Demurias (6-0) earned the win in relief, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Graham Lawson pitched two scoreless innings for his second save. Missouri's Andy Toelken (6-3) took the loss, giving up three runs in 2 2/3 innings.

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