COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Junior left-hander Jack Wynkoop pitched his first career complete game and allowed just two runs to lift South Carolina to a 5-2 win over fourth ranked Vanderbilt on Friday night at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 24-16 and 7-10 in the SEC while the loss drops the Commodores to 29-11 and 12-5 in conference play.
DC Arendas put the Gamecocks on the board first with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third.
Vanderbilt tied the game at 2-2 in top of the seventh on a two-run single from Rhett Wiseman. After a base hit by Tyler Campbell and Ro Coleman's double, Wiseman knocked a bloop single to center field driving in both runners.
The Gamecocks reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases for Schrock, who also walked and brought home Clark Scolamiero. Kyle Martin's sacrifice fly to left drove in Cone and gave South Carolina a 4-2 advantage. The Gamecocks added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Cone that scored Jordan Gore.
Wynkoop earned the win and improve to 5-4 on year. He allowed two runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out a career-high 12 batters. Vanderbilt junior right-hander Walker Buehler suffered the loss for the Commodores and is now 3-1 on the year. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 6t.1 innings with three walks and six strikeouts.
The walk to Max Schrock in the seventh inning scored Clark Scolamiero and gave the Gamecocks a lead they would not relinquish.
South Carolina and Vanderbilt conclude the three game series on Saturday with first pitch set for 1 p.m. at Carolina Staduium.