March 17, 2017
KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Jacob Olson broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning and seventh ranked South Carolina added three more runs in the eighth inning as the Gamecocks defeated 24th ranked Tennessee 7-1 in the SEC opener on Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Gamecocks are now 12-5 and 1-0 in league play with the Volunteers 12-3 and 0-1 in the SEC.
Sophomore right-hander Adam Hill earned the win and is now 1-2 for the season. He allowed just one run on six hits in six innings of work with five strikeouts and three walks. Senior right-hander Reed Scott pitched three scoreless innings of relief with just one hit allowed and three strikeouts for his second save of the year. Tennessee senior right-hander Hunter Martin suffered the loss and is 3-2 for the season. He allowed two runs on six hits in 6.1 innings with a walk and seven strikeouts.
Tennessee tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jordan Rodgers led off the frame with a double and scored on Andre Lipcius’ one-out RBI single up the middle.
Carolina responded though in the seventh on Olson’s homer to take a 4-1 lead. A one-out double by Bride in the seventh inning followed by a base hit from Madison Stokes gave the Gamecocks runners on the corners and the stage for Olson. On the first pitch he saw from Tennessee reliever Garrett Stallings, Olson launched his fourth homer of the year over the left field wall to give Carolina a three-run cushion.
That lead extended to 7-1 in the eighth inning as Cullen belted his fourth homer of the year with Stokes adding a RBI double and Tolbert driving in a run with a single.
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