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Austin Perez was outstanding on Wednesday at South Carolina.
by: Stetson University
Perez Dazzles but South Carolina Rallies for Win
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/05/2014
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COLUMBIA, S.C.—Stetson pitcher Austin Perez held No. 1/3 South Carolina in check for six innings but the Gamecocks rallied late for a 4-2 win, Wednesday at Carolina Stadium.

Perez shutout the Gamecocks (12-0) for the game’s first six innings, and left with a 2-0 lead with one out in the seventh. But South Carolina rallied against the Hatters’ (2-11) bullpen to remain as one of only two unbeatens left in college baseball.

In the seventh Perez allowed a lead-off single to Tanner English, and Marcus Mooney followed with a walk. Max Schrock then bounced a 2-1 pitch to first baseman Patrick Mazeika, who forced Mooney at second. But the return throw to first wasn’t in time, and Perez’s day was done.

Tyler Warmoth (0-2) relieved Perez with runners on the corners and one out. Joey Pankake greeted Warmoth with an RBI single and two batters later, Connor Bright knocked in the tying run with a two-out, infield single.

After Bright stole second to put runners on second and third with two outs, pinch-hitter Webber Pike delivered a two-run single for a 4-2 lead.

Stetson held the lead late into the game thanks to an offense that wasted little time getting on the board. Kyle Zech drew a one-out walk in the second inning, stole second and moved to third on a ground out by Kyle Pitts. Zech scored when Tyler Bocock lined a single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.

The Hatters doubled their lead in the third. Josh Powers ripped a one-out double and eventually scored on a two-out infield single by Zech.

Stetson managed eight hits against five South Carolina pitchers, but none after the fifth inning. Bocock and Mazeika each had a pair of hits to lead the way.

Perez allowed two runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings, walking three without a strikeout. Warmoth suffered the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.

South Carolina banged out 10 hits with English, Mooney and Logan Koch each getting two.

The Hatters return to Deland and open an 8-game homestand when they host Siena in a three-game series, beginning 6:30 p.m., Saturday at Melching Field.


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