Jacob Smith and Tyler Dixon each had two hits for Screven in the series opener and Kemp had two runs batted in to pull the Gamecocks back into the game. Beasley received the loss in game one, despite allowing only one earned run. He threw 54 of his 94 pitches for strikes, walking five and striking out four.
Game two was a thriller, as the two teams exchanged the lead several times before Screven walked off in the bottom of the seventh. Cook plated one in the top of the first before Screven’s Kemp and Caleb Krulic helped plate two runs to put the Gamecocks on top. Folsom, who was Cook’s top hitter in the doubleheader, responded in the top of the second with a double to help Cook regain the lead.
Screven quickly tied it before retaking the lead in fifth thanks to a Brandon Whatley homerun that put Screven just a couple outs away from tying the series.
The craziness started in the seventh inning, when Cook was down to their final out when Maysoe Wiley singled to left field to tie the game at four apiece. In the bottom of the seventh, Aaron Brower hit an infield single to the shortstop to put the game-winning run on base. He proceeded to steal second and third to put the winning run just 90 feet from home, and Cook responded by intentionally walking both Whatley and Kemp.
Smith provided the late-game heroics for the Gamecocks, as he blasted a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall to force a game three on Monday night.
Carl Heindel was the winning pitcher for Screven, pitching a complete game and striking out nine. He threw 57 of his 113 pitches for strikes. Parker Bennett received the loss for Cook, but Dalton Rentz pitched a solid game for the Hornets.
Game three of the series will be Monday afternoon and three o’clock.