Blog: South Carolina blanks Heels 8-0 to force game three
Posted June 9, 2013
Bottom 8: SCAR 8, UNC 0
After two outs righty Mason McCullough comes in to pitch for Tate Parrish.
Mid 8: SCAR 8, UNC 0
With two runners on and two outs Colin Moran fouls out to the third baseman for the last out of the inning.
Bottom 7: SCAR 8, UNC 0
A walk and two outs for Kelley and the Tar Heels switch pitchers to in the bottom of the seventh putting in Tate Parrish.
Bottom 6: SCAR 8, UNC 0
North Carolina gets out of the inning without allowing a Gamecock score for only the third time all game.
Mid 6: SCAR 8, UNC 0
With two batters on the Gamecocks turn a double play to end the inning.
Bottom 5: SCAR 8, UNC 0
English singled to shortstop and stole second during Saiko's at bat. Saiko is walked and English and Saiko both steal second and third during Vergason's at bat. Vergason flies out to right field but English scores. Another run scores as Moran is unable to come up with an infield chopper.
Trevor Kelley (3.67 ERA) comes in to pitch for Cherry.
Mid 5: SCAR 6, UNC 0
Cody Stubbs is gifted first base after Schrock bobbles a grounder. Russell and Holberton flew and lined out for the first two outs and Parks Jordan flew out to left for the last.
Bottom 4: SCAR 6, UNC 0
Another three up, three down inning for the Heels hitters. In the bottom of the fourth Hovis walks Saiko and Vergason to start the inning. Joey Pankake miffs a hit allowing Johnson to throw him out at first. Saiko and Vergason advance to third and second. Hovis loads the bases on a Dantzler walk and walks in a run when he puts Greiner on.
Taylore Cherry (6.48 ERA) comes in to pitch for the Heels. Cherry comes in and gets the last two outs in order.
Bottom 3: SCAR 5, UNC 0
A three up, three down top of the third sends Carolina back on the defense. Schrock opens up things with a single that first baseman Cody Stubbs drops in the air. TJ Costen strikes out swinging for the first out of the inning. Martin and English both popped up to end the inning.
Bottom 2: SCAR 5, UNC 0
Max Schrock hits a double down the first base line that just misses North Carolina first baseman Cody Stubbs. TJ Costen hits to short for an out as Schrock advances to third. With a full count, Johnson walks Kyle Martin to put batters on first and third with one out. Tanner English bunts Schrock home and is called safe at first. Gamecocks go up 1-0 on Heels. Saiko flies out to right field but Vergason is walked to load the bases with two outs. Pankake hits a double down the third base line to send two runs in. South Carolina leads 3-0. DH LB Dantzler steps up and hits a single down the first base line to extend the lead to five.
Righty Reilly Hovis (2.23 ERA) comes in to relieve Johnson. Hovis gets the last out of the inning on a strike out.
Mid 2: UNC 0, SCAR 0
Cody Stubbs gets on with a single through the left side and is picked trying to steal second. Michael Russell and Brian Holberton both strike out to end the inning.
Bottom 1: UNC 0, SCAR 0
After retiring the first two batters, South Carolina leaves two batters on base as Hobbs Johnson gave up his first hit since the ACC tournament to Joey Pankake and walked LB Dantzler. The Heels were able to get out of the inning on a fly out to right field.
Mid 1: UNC 0, SCAR 0
North Carolina's Landon Lassiter got the first hit of the game with a single to left field but the Gamecocks were able to get out of the inning without a score.
No. 1 overall seed North Carolina faces South Carolina Sunday in game two of the Chapel Hill super regional.
With a 6-5 win in walk-off fashion Saturday the Tar Heels can ensure a trip to Omaha with a win Sunday. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.
North Carolina will start Hobbs Johnson on the mound. Johnson has a 2.09 ERA in 16 appearances and 15 starts for the Heels this season.
The Tar Heels used five pitchers in game one and relied heavily on the bullpen to keep them in the game. Johnson's start will be key to North Carolina's success Sunday.
Lefty Jordan Montgomery is starting for the Gamecocks. Montgomery has an ERA of 1.67 and is 5-1 on the season.