HOOVER, Ala. — Conrad Gregor singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Vanderbilt a 4-3 win over South Carolina Thursday in an elimination game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Tony Kemp led off with a single and the top-seeded Commodores (49-8) eventually loaded the bases with one out against three relievers.
“I just wanted to be aggressive and not put the game in the umpire's hands," Gregor said. "I just put a good swing on the ball and found a hole.”
The Gamecocks (39-18) had intentionally walked Connor Harrell, who had two hits. Gregor delivered his second single of the game to score Kemp.
Carson Fulmer (2-0) gave up three hits and one run in the final 4-1/3 innings for Vandy. Vince Conde added two doubles.
South Carolina starter Jordan Montgomery allowed just three unearned runs and stuck out eight in 7-2/3 innings. LB Dantzler had tied the game at 3-3 with a solo homer in the seventh after the Commodores opened a 3-0 lead.
“It was a grinding game," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. "There was nothing easy about it for both sides. The pick-me-up was obviously Carson Fulmer. He pitched very well. He pitched out of pressure situations the minute he came in. ... I’m proud of him.
"We were able to execute at the end and that was the difference. It probably follows suit for a bunch of different games that have been played here thus far.”