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A win is a win, and the Gamecocks will take them any way they can.

Locked in a pitchers' duel for the first eight innings of the game, it took until the ninth for the Gamecocks to break through, walking off USC Upstate with a 1-0 win on a Jonah Beamon RBI single in the final home game of the season.

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Wes Clarke almost ended the game in the ninth inning's first at-bat, launching what looked like a homer to straightaway center that rocketed off the wall for a leadoff double.

Jacob English pinch ran for the freshman and ultimately came home to score on the Beamon hit, a worm-burner of a hit past the shortstop and into left field.

The Gamecocks are now two games above .500 heading into the final SEC weekend of the year and need to avoid the sweep to finish with a non-losing record.

In his first-career start, Coyne gave the Gamecocks exactly what they needed, pitching five shutout innings, setting a new career high in innings pitched and tying his career high in strikeouts with six.

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The sophomore retired the first eight batters he faced, which included striking out the side in the second, and finished scattering three hits.

His appearance was much needed with the Gamecocks (27-25, 7-20 SEC) trying to save as much pitching for this weekend's series at Mississippi State as they scrap and claw to try and get into the conference tournament.

Offensively, it was a little harder to get anything going against starter Trey Van Der Weide, who scattered just five hits over seven shutout innings. South Carolina hitters struggled to piece together hits consistently, getting two hits in an inning just once Tuesday night and striking out five times through the first seven innings.

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Their best chance came in the second inning with Clarke and Brady Allen lining back-to-back hits to put runners on the corners before Jordan Holladay grounded into an inning-ending double play.

After that they had three hits but couldn't scratch across a run until the ninth inning off Van Der Weide.

Player of the game: Wes Clarke finished with three hits, doubling twice and setting up the ninth inning win.

Up next: South Carolina hits the road for their final series of the regular season, starting a three-game series with No. 5 Mississippi State Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network Plus.

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