Rain Puts USC-Tenn Series Opener On Pause

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) -- Second-ranked South Carolina and 20th ranked Tennessee's baseball game was halted in the top of the 12th inning with the score tied at 2-2 due to rain in Columbia, S.C. The game will resume on Saturday at 4 p.m. with Saturday's originally scheduled contest to follow the conclusion of the first game.

Fans with tickets to Friday's game may still attend for the resumption of the contest. Fans with tickets for Saturday's game will be honored for the second contest.

Tennessee took a 1-0 lead over South Carolina in the top of the fourth. Christin Stewart doubled down the left field line and advanced to third on Nick Senzel's base hit. With two outs, Stewart would then score when Elliot Caldwell dropped a fly ball in left field.

The Gamecocks responded with a run in the bottom of the six to tie the score at 1-1. With two outs, Joey Pankake singled and quickly came home as Kyle Martin followed with a double that landed just in front of the bull pen in left-center.

The Volunteers reclaimed the lead in the top of the eighth. Will Maddox walked and Scott Price was hit by a pitch to open the frame. After the runners advanced on A.J. Simcox's sacrifice bunt, Maddox was able to score on Stewart's sacrifice fly to right field and give Tennessee a 2-1 advantage.

The Gamecocks responded in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game. Tanner English bunted for a base hit to lead off the inning. After a wild pitch and a groundout advanced him to third base, he was able to score on a passed ball and tie the game at 2-2.

Live video broadcast is available at GamecocksOnline.com. The game can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game."

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