HOOVER, Ala. (AP) _ A game-winning inside-the-park homer. Several surprising pitching performances. A pair of down-to-the-wire games. It was just another day in the life of the Mississippi State-South Carolina rivalry. Joey Collums and Brandon Medders combined on an eight-hit shutout to lead Mississippi State to a 1-0 win over the Gamecocks Saturday night and into the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game. The Bulldogs (35-22) will be seeking their first SEC tournament title since 1987 against LSU, a 12-6 winner over Mississippi, on Sunday. ``You don't see too many 1-0 ball games in college baseball,'' Mississippi State coach Pat McMahon said. ``They were two outstanding baseball games. What a heckuva day.'' Ten of the last 12 meetings have been decided by one run, but none have ended like the first one. South Carolina (44-17) forced the second game with a wild 7-6 victory on Garris Gonce's inside-the-park home run with two outs in the ninth inning. The second game was all about the pitchers. Medders worked out of a jam in the ninth. After striking out Tim Whittaker, he gave up back-to-back singles to pinch-hitters Trey Dyson and Byron Jeffcoat. Landon Powell then struck out and pinch-hitter Yaron Peters grounded to the second baseman on the first pitch to end it. Collums (3-3) allowed five hits in six innings for his first SEC win and Medders pitched the final three to earn his sixth save. It was the first time South Carolina has been shut out this season, spoiling a superb outing by first-time starter Blake Taylor. ``When we got into the seventh inning and Brandon was coming in, I felt pretty confident that one run was going to hold up,'' Collums said. Taylor (3-3) gave up just one unearned run in 7-2/3 innings, striking out five and scattering seven hits after working out of the bullpen all season. It was easily his longest outing of the season, surpassing the six innings against LSU and surprising the Bulldog hitters. ``We weren't really expecting a whole lot out of him,'' said right fielder Phillip Willingham, who drove in the lone run on an RBI groundout in the fifth. ``He was working the ball around the plate really well and keeping us off balance. I thought he was a lot better than we expected him to be.''