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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, 1:31 p.m.

    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.

  • Hokies94 Jun 10, 12:10 p.m.

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

  • nufsaid Jun 10, 11:58 a.m.

    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, 11:47 a.m.

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

    — Posted by zonk

    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, 10:51 a.m.

    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, 10:36 a.m.

    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, 10:23 a.m.

    There must have been one heck of a party after Saturday's emotional win for the Heels to come... View More

    — Posted by wlcat609

    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, 9:58 a.m.

    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, 9:03 a.m.

    I predict todays game to be a barn burner, UNC has the pitching edge but USC has the expirence... View More

    — Posted by mike honcho

    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, 8:53 a.m.

    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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Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
Final
PIT 2
CAR 4
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
Final
UF 64
UNC 75
 
3rd
TULSA 14
ECU 21
 
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
Final
TOR 102
DAL 106
 
Final
DET 88
MIL 104
 
Final
ATL 100
NOP 91
 
Final
HOU 85
LAC 102
 
Final
OKC 105
NYK 78
 
Final
IND 98
ORL 83
 
4th
SAN 102
SAC 88
 
3rd
DEN 77
PHO 55
 
2nd
POR 25
MEM 23
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
MIN
Final
WMICH 21
NILL 31
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SMU 9
HOU 35
Final
IOWA 34
NEB 37
Final
SFLA 0
UCF 16
Final
MARS 66
WKENT 67
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
Final
MIZZ 21
ARK 14
Final
SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
Final
AFA 27
COLST 24
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UCLA 10
STAN 31
3rd
VT 10
UVA 13
 
3rd
TULSA 14
ECU 21
 
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
Final
TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
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NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
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GEOR 58
BUT 64
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BRO 81
PVU 71
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RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
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DART 68
MAST 67
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WRST 59
FIU 61
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XAV 73
UTEP 77
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OSU 73
JMU 56
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TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
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TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
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AKAN 51
MIZST 55
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BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
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PROV 72
YALE 66
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UGA 62
MINN 66
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WISC 69
OKLA 56
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Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
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PEAY 62
STEPH 83
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FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
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VALPO 66
DRAK 46
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CIN 69
MTST 51
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SDU 75
PRIN 65
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WASU 76
RICE 74
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CSFU 64
USCU 79
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GT 61
RIDE 54
 
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TXPA 79
ALAST 91
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NCSU 60
BSU 54
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TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
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WAKE 65
DELST 72
 
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HART 83
EMERSON 50
 
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STJ 66
GONZ 73
 
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CLEM 62
HIGH 59
 
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SYR 72
HC 48
 
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MD 61
MON 56
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JVST 74
SAV 71
 
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MIAMI 87
SALA 75
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RUTG 68
VANDY 65
 
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PETE 66
TENST 58
 
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MARS 59
CLST 68
 
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JST 56
HOF 86
 
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INDST 62
MEM 72
 
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UF 64
UNC 75
 
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LATU 77
SAMF 64
 
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TULA 71
SELA 61
 
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NEB 75
TENNM 64
 
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MISS 75
CREI 68
 
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PORT 64
MURST 61
 
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MARQ 49
MSU 65
 
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ARK 59
UNT 56
 
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NCOL 69
STET 51
 
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IND 69
UNCG 59
 
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SJST 42
WMICH 61
 
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MNTST 75
TXARL 55
 
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UVA 37
LAS 19
 
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STLU 27
MSST 37
 
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COLST 43
PAC 26
 
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NDAK 12
 
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BAY
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UAB
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11:30pm Tonight
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LBSU
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PHI 0
NYR 3
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ANA 1
CHI 4
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WAS 5
NYI 2
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PIT 2
CAR 4
Final
NJD 4
DET 5
 
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BUF 2
MON 1
 
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CLB 0
VAN 5
 
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BOS 2
WIN 1
 
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FLA 3
OTT 2
 
3rd
STL 3
EDM 3
 
3rd
DAL 3
MIN 3