BATON ROUGE, La. -- No. 9 seed South Carolina used a four-run sixth inning to come back against No. 8 seed Texas A&M 6-3 and advance in the 2015 SEC Softball Tournament. In the top of the sixth, Olivia Lawrence started the Gamecocks' two-out rally with a solo home run. Victoria Williams then hit a bases-clearing double to secure the lead for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina sophomore Nickie Blue (20-7) threw a complete game, tossing a season-high 161 pitches. In seven innings, she gave up three earned runs on six hits and six walks while striking out seven.
"I made sure to really focus on my defense and put my faith in them," said Blue. "I couldn't find my power strike zone so I had to focus on throwing strikes and lean on them."
After a scoreless first inning, the Gamecocks struck first with two runs in the top of the second. The Aggies responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead.
Texas A&M held the lead until South Carolina's Olivia Lawrence sparked the Gamecocks' comeback with a solo shot to right center in the sixth.
When asked about what she saw when hitting her game-tying home run, Lawrence said, "Honestly, a cookie, that's what I saw. I saw something fat and I drove it, that's what I did. I don't know how to explain it. I saw something red and I drove it."
Texas A&M pitcher Rachel Fox (22-13) gave up six runs, five earned, on nine hits and three walks. She struck out five.
The Gamecocks improved to 37-19 while the Aggies fell to 38-18.
South Carolina faces No. 1 seed Florida tomorrow in the second round at 3:00 p.m. CT / 4:00 p.m. ET. The game will be live on SEC Network and with in-game statistics online at secnetwork.com.