Sunday, March 9, 2014
Gamecocks Defeat #2 LSU 4-0 To Win Series
BATON ROUGE, LA. (USC SID) -- Freshman left-hander Jack Wynkoop hurled seven scoreless innings and combined with Adam Westmoreland and Tyler Webb for a six-hit shutout as 10th ranked South Carolina defeated second ranked LSU 4-0 on Sunday afternoon to win the rubber game of a three-game SEC series at Alex Box Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 33-12 and 13-8 in the SEC with LSU now 39-6 and 16-5 in league play.
Wynkoop was sensational the entire afternoon scattering five hits with no walks while striking out a batter. He is 6-2 on the year. Westmoreland hurled 0.2 scoreless innings with Webb pitching 1.1 perfect innings of relief for his 14th save of the season. LSU starter Kurt McCune suffered the loss and is now 3-1 on the year. He allowed three runs on six hits in 2.2 innings with two walks.
The Gamecocks struck right away with two runs in the top of the first inning. Chase Vergason tripled with one out as he hit a liner that flew past a diving Jared Foster in right field. With two outs, Vergason would score on LB Dantzler’s RBI double down the right field line. Schrock would then drive in Dantzler with a RBI single to right field giving Carolina a 2-0 lead.
The lead increased to 3-0 in the top of the second. Tanner English drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a base hit to left off the bat of Graham Saiko. Vergason would drive in English with a sacrifice fly to right field.
LSU looked to mount a rally in the eighth with a one-out single by Mark Laird and a two-out walk to Jared Foster. Webb entered though and coaxed Alex Bregman into a flyout to right field to keep Carolina ahead by three runs.
Carolina scored an important insurance run in the ninth inning as Sean Sullivan reached base with a leadoff walk. After a sac bunt by Tanner English was misplayed by Katz to give Carolina a pair of runners, both moved into scoring position on Saiko’s sac bunt. Sullivan would score on Vergason’s sac fly to right field, his second of the game. Webb worked a perfect ninth to seal the 4-0 victory.
Carolina had seven hits with Dantzler and Schrock each tallying two.
South Carolina is back in action at Carolina Stadium on Friday night beginning a three-game series with Vanderbilt. First pitch for the opener is 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on SportSouth.
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