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."