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South Carolina blanks Heels 8-0 to force game three

Posted June 9, 2013

A five-run second inning and stellar pitching propelled South Carolina to an 8-0 win over North Carolina Sunday in game two of super regional play.

Gamecocks pitcher Jordan Montgomery pitched a complete game, allowing no runs on four hits and striking out three.

"That's a really good team," said Montgomery. "I tried to go out there and battle and keep them off balance a little bit."

"Obviously the key to the game was Montgomery, he was sensational," said North Carolina head coach Mike Fox. "We couldn't get anything going. They're a very good team. They beat us in all three phases in the game today pretty handily."

Two hits and a walk put the Gamecocks up 1-0 in the bottom of the second. Tar Heel starter Hobbs Johnson walked another to load the bases with two outs. A double by Joey Pankake and single by LB Dantzler extended the lead to 5 before Johnson’s day ended early.

Johnson pitched 1.2 innings allowing five runs off of five hits and three walks. Righty Reilly Hovis entered in relief pitching one scoreless inning before walking four runners in the bottom of the fourth to walk in another run.

"We have the utmost respect for their team. We're not going to feel comfortable with any lead," said South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook. "Obviously our team played very well today. Montgomery was incredible, to shut out a team like Carolina is an awfully hard thing to do."

Taylore Cherry came in to relieve Hovis and closed out the inning unscathed.

Tanner English singled to short in the bottom of the fifth. Cherry then walked Graham Saiko to put two on. Chase Vergason sent English home on a sac fly and an error by Colin Moran scored Saiko to put the Gamecocks ahead 8-0.

Lefty Tate Parrish entered for the Heels in the middle of the seventh. Righty Mason McCullough came in mid eighth for Parrish.

"The series now is 1-1. We haven't really accomplished anything or won anything," said Holbrook. "We have nine innings to go."

North Carolina and South Carolina will meet Monday at 7 p.m. for the final game of the series. Benton Moss will get the start for UNC and Jack Wynkoop will take the mound for the Gamecocks.

"That's why we play three. We haven't lost two in a row all year," said North Carolina's Landon Lassiter. "We have a great group of guys and I'm looking forward to it."

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  • jacamoe Jun 10, 2013

    I think Tate Parrish did the best in the few batters he faced yesterday. All outs. I don't know if he is only a lefty specialist as commented, but he did his job.

  • VT1994Hokie Jun 10, 2013

    SC had some strong pitching in this one. Hoping UNC can snag the game tonight.

  • nufsaid Jun 10, 2013

    The bottom line is that UNC only has to win one game to reach the CWS. Not saying that I am not glad that the Pack punched their ticket in a 17 inning game last night. That game could have easily gone the other way.

  • duane11 Jun 10, 2013

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    it looks like the sec teams have been killing acc pitching, as both strong staffs at unc and uva have gotten pounded by sc and miss st

  • zonk Jun 10, 2013

    Must find some pitching somehow. I do not know where UNC's pitching has gone but it has been gone for awhile.

  • lisaadams220 Jun 10, 2013

    Hopefully Benton Moss can do better than he has his last few starts. The bad thing is he doesn't pitch well under pressure and this game has a lot of pressure since its an elimination game.

  • Tarheel7074 Jun 10, 2013

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    Unfortunately that beach ball was named Montgomery and he made the Tarheels look like they were playing whiffle ball. But today is a new day....let's hope the Heels are focused and ready to "leave it all on the field" with the result being a hard fought win. Gotta look forward to seeing two very good teams battle this one to the last out tonight!

  • wlcat609 Jun 10, 2013

    There must have been one heck of a party after Saturday's emotional win for the Heels to come out so 'flat' in Sunday's encounter...I think the Heels would have had trouble hitting a beach ball with a 2x10 Sunday!

  • Tizu Jun 10, 2013

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    I have to agree with that. SC is MUCH better than a 16, they were counted out a few years ago...you know they are 9-1 in elimination games in the past 3 years....the odd's are certainly in their favor...we shall see how it goes! That 1 loss was last year in the CWS Championship series.

  • mike honcho Jun 10, 2013

    I predict todays game to be a barn burner, UNC has the pitching edge but USC has the expirence and is playing with "house money" right now. With Vandy, FSU and Virginia gone, the winner of this game is my favorite to take it all.

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