Coutlangus’ Walk-Off Grand
Slam Pushes South Carolina Past Vanderbilt, 11-7 in
10 Innings 3/29/03
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Jon Coutlangus’ 10th-inning
walk-off grand slam to right field completed an eight-run
late-game rally as South Carolina surged part Vanderbilt
11-7, Saturday, March 29 at Sarge Frye Field.
The Gamecocks (18-9, 3-5 Southeastern Conference)
trailed 7-3 entering the bottom of the eight inning
but three home runs pushed South Carolina past Vanderbilt,
which slipped to 13-12 overall and 2-6 in the league.
Justin Harris, who went 4-for-5 with three RBI, pulled
the Gamecocks to within 7-6 in the eighth when he smashed
a two-out three-run long ball over the left-field wall.
Harris also recorded three singles.
Steven Tolleson tied the score at 8-8 in the ninth
inning with a lead-off home run to left field.
South Carolina’s first three batters reached
base in the 10th inning before Coutlangus supplied the
game-winning home run. Trey McDaniels led off the inning
with a walk off Vanderbilt reliever Jensen Lewis (2-4).
Kevin Melillo and Harris followed with successive bunt
singles between the pitcher’s mound and first
base to load the bases. Coutlangus stepped to the plate
and took the first pitch over the right-field wall to
end the game.
Gamecock reliever Chris Hernandez (2-1) earned the
The loss overshadowed one Vanderbilt’s most
productive offensive outing this season. Every Vanderbilt
starter registered at least one hit as the Commodores
tallied 14 hits, tying for the second-most by Vanderbilt
in a game this season.
Cesar Nicolas led all Commodore hitters, going 3-for-5
with two RBI. Nicolas’ RBI single in the second
inning gave Vanderbilt a 3-0 lead. He later hit a solo
home run to left-center field in the eighth inning to
put VU ahead 7-3.
John Kaye, Matt Zeller and Jonathan Douillard each
posted a pair of hits on the night. Kaye and Worth Scott
recorded two RBI apiece.
Vanderbilt owned a pair of three-run leads in the
game. The Commodores scored the first three runs of
the game. Kaye’s single through the middle of
the infield scored Zeller in the first inning to give
VU a 1-0 lead. Ryan Klosterman and Nicolas recorded
RBI singles in the second inning to help the Commodores
to a 3-0 lead after the second inning.
After South Carolina tied the score at 3-3 in the
third inning, Vanderbilt jumped ahead 6-3 in the sixth
on sacrifice fly by Kaye and a two-RBI double to deep
center field by Scott.
That set the stage for the Gamecock rally.
Vanderbilt starter Robert Ransom pitched effectively
for six innings. The right-hander scattered five hits,
three runs (two earned) and two walks while striking
out five in a no-decision effort.
The Commodores look to salvage the series finale Sunday
at 1:30 p.m.