Big inning, freshman pitching lead Gamecocks to sweep over Tennessee

Big inning, freshman pitching lead Gamecocks to sweep over Tennessee

**From staff reports/Photo by Allen Sharpe**

South Carolina exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning and got strong pitching from three freshmen to beat Tennessee 10-2 Sunday to complete the sweep on its first SEC weekend. 

The Gamecocks won their seventh straight game to improve to 14-5, 3-0 in the SEC. 

"We played three pretty solid days of baseball here," South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook said. "It’s easy to be satisfied after winning two and they were not just happy with getting two. They came out today with a lot of energy and juice and played real well." 

Gamecocks walk their way to win in Game 2

The Gamecocks were up 2-1 when they sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth inning to blow the game open. They loaded the bases on a double by Madison Stokes and singles by Hunter Taylor and Danny Blair. Matt Williams and Jonah Bride then drove in runs with back-to-back singles and Alex Destino followed with a two-run double. LT Tolbert and Taylor added RBI singles to put South Carolina up 9-1. 

Tennessee scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, and then Destino hit a solo home run in the eighth to complete the scoring. 

Madison Stokes put South Carolina on top 2-0 in the second with his third home run of the season. 

"We got some pretty good swings up and down the lineup," Holbrook said. 

Home runs, Hill lead Gamecocks in Game 1

Freshman right-hander Colby Lee earned the win with four scoreless innings in relief. He allowed just one hit and struck out five. 

Freshman Cody Morris started the game and allowed just one run on three hits in 3.2 innings. Freshman Sawyer Bridges gave up one run on two hits in 1.1 innings. The three freshman combined for 12 strikeouts.

"Throwing three freshmen on a conference weekend and being able to get the win, I’m proud of those guys – all three of them," Holbrook said. "Colby was spectacular at the end. Colby likes to compete and I think you saw that in him today."

South Carolina out-hit Tennessee 14-6 with five extra base hits. Stokes and Destino both homered and doubled and Williams tied a career-high with three hits. South Carolina has homered in seven straight games. 

South Carolina returns home for a four-game homestand beginning  Wednesday against Charleston Southern at 7 p.m. The Gamecocks play host to Alabama at Founders Park next weekend.