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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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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
 
4th
ATL 104
HOU 96
 
4th
MEM 67
UTA 72
 
4th
CHI 74
WAS 67
 
2nd
DEN 34
MIL 40
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
 
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
 
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
 
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
 
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
 
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
 
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
2nd
NDAK 78
NEOM 79
 
2nd
NILL 59
WMICH 56
 
2nd
ILLCH 58
WRST 57
 
Half
MIZZ 30
AUB 30
 
1st
UGA 22
KENT 21
 
Half
NW 27
MICH 34
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
1st
UF 24
TEXAM 23
 
1st
KU 22
WVU 32
 
1st
CREI 16
VILL 12
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
 
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
 
3rd
TAM 3
BUF 0
 
3rd
FLA 2
TOR 2
 
2nd Intermission
MIN 2
OTT 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
NYI 1
 
1st Intermission
ARI 0
ANA 1
 
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