ATHENS, Ga. - South Carolina (30-21, 6-14 SEC) picked up a critical SEC series win on the road, downing No. 25 Georgia (31-20, 4-17 SEC) by a 6-2 final on Sunday afternoon at Turner Softball Stadium.
South Carolina claimed the lead for good with a two-out rally in the fifth capped by junior Krystan White's two-RBI single, set up by a double from senior Victoria Williams and a walk to junior Alyssa VanDerveer. South Carolina extended that advantage to 6-2 in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk by Williams and a bases-loaded grounder by freshman Mackenzie Boesel.
The Gamecocks took the initial 2-0 lead in the first when junior Tiara Duffy scored on Boesel's single up the middle. Senior Kaylea Snaer, who singled earlier in the frame, scored a batter later on a Georgia wild pitch.
Georgia tied the contest in the third on Alyssa DiCarlo's two-out, two-RBI double, scoring Jordan Doggett and Cortni Emanuel.
Gamecock senior Jessica Elliott (14-9) pitched four shutout innings in relief, scattering two hits and two walks to pick up the win. Georgia starter Brittany Gray (17-10) took the loss, allowing six runs, two earned, on eight hits and five walks in 5.2 innings. She struck out six.
Game Changer South Carolina's hitters drew walks and put the ball in play on the ground, which forced four Georgia errors.
Key Stat The Gamecocks drew five walks and forced Gray to throw 130 pitches in her 5.2 innings of work.
Up Next South Carolina hosts LSU in the final regular season weekend. Friday's game is slated for a 7 p.m. first pitch, with Saturday's game set to start at 6 p.m. Sunday's first pitch is scheduled for a 12 noon start. All three games will air on the SEC Network, with Friday's game a part of the network's Bases Loaded wrap-around coverage.