Baseball Sweeps Tennessee With 10-2 Victory|
KNOXVILLE, TENN. – A seven-run fifth inning that featured eight hits helped lift seventh ranked South Carolina to a 10-2 win over 24th ranked Tennessee to sweep a three-game SEC series. The Gamecocks are now 14-5 and 3-0 in league play and own a seven-game winning streak. Tennessee drops to 12-5 and 0-3 in league play.
Carolina sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth inning and broke open a one-run game to go ahead by eight against the Volunteers. The Gamecocks loaded the bases with no outs on a double from Madison Stokes, a single by Hunter Taylor and a base hit from Danny Blair. Singles from Matt Williams and Jonah Bride followed to score both Stokes and Taylor. A double down the right field line by Alex Destino would score a pair of runs. Tolbert drove in a pair of runs with a two-out RBI single and Taylor added a RBI single in his second at bat of the inning. The Volunteers would get a run in the bottom of the fifth. Destino’s solo homer in the eighth inning, his fourth of the season gave Carolina the 10-2 lead.
Gamecock freshman right-hander Colby Lee earned his first career win in relief. He pitched four scoreless innings with just one hit allowed and struck out five. He is 1-0 on the year. Tennessee starter Will Neely took the loss and is 1-1 on the season. He allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits in four-plus innings with two strikeouts.
Madison Stokes gave Carolina a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning with his third home run of the season. After LT Tolbert reached base with two outs on shortstop Max Bartlett’s throwing error, Stokes launched a homer to left field to give the Gamecocks a two-run cushion.
Tennessee would get a run back in the bottom of the second inning. Max Bartlett drove in Tennessee’s run with a one-out single to left field scoring Pete Derkay. Cody Morris limited the damage in the inning though as he induced a 6-4-3 double play with runners on first and second to keep Carolina ahead by a run.
QUOTABLE FROM HEAD COACH Chad Holbrook