May 11, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina sophomore left-hander Jordan Montgomery carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and 12th ranked South Carolina scored in five of eight innings at the plate on the way to a 7-1 win over Georgia on Senior Day at Carolina Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of 8,242 fans. South Carolina wins the series and improves to 36-14 and 15-10 in the SEC with Georgia dropping to 18-30 and 5-18 in league play.
Montgomery allowed one run on two hits in seven innings with three walks and two strikeouts. He is now 4-1 on the year. Georgia starter Blake Dieterich suffered the loss and is 2-3 for the season. He allowed five runs on five hits in 4.2 innings with a walk and three strikeouts.
South Carolina broke ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning. After Max Schrock reached base on a two-out walk, he scored on Connor Bright's double down the left field line. Bright knocked the first pitch he saw from Dieterich past a diving Curt Powell at third base and Schrock made his way home from first to score the first run of the game.
Four consecutive singles extended the lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning, all four base hits coming with two outs. TJ Costen began the stretch with a base hit to right-center followed by a base hit from Graham Saiko. Costen scored on Chase Vergason's RBI base hit. Joey Pankake then drove in Costen with a RBI base hit to left field. On the play, Pankake got caught in a rundown between first and second. However, Pankake was able to keep the rundown going long enough for Vergason to score all the way from first and give the Gamecocks a five-run cushion.
Both teams traded runs in the seventh inning. A one-out triple by Kyle Farmer for Georgia in the top of the seventh ended Montgomery's no-hit bid. Jared Walsh drove him in with a sac fly to left field. Carolina answered with an unearned run in the bottom half as two-out fielding error by Curt Powell off a hard grounder off the bat of Joey Pankake scored Vergason.
Senior right-hander Colby Holmes pitched two scoreless innings with just one hit allowed and two strikeouts to close out the victory for Carolina. Pankake and Saiko each went 2-for-4 to lead the Gamecocks at the plate. Farmer was 2-for-3 to lead Georgia.
Before Saturday's contest, the Gamecocks honored nine seniors (Nolan Belcher, LB Dantzler, Colby Holmes, Dante Rosenberg, Patrick Sullivan, Sean Sullivan, Chase Vergason, Tyler Webb and Adam Westmoreland) in a pregame ceremony.
The series concludes on Sunday with first pitch at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on SportSouth and can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game."
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