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Baseball Sweeps Albany With 6-4 Win In Series Finale
COLUMBIA, S.C. -
Fresh off a no-hitter in game one of a doubleheader, fifth ranked South
Carolina stormed ahead in the nightcap with six runs in the first three
innings on the way to a 6-4 victory over Albany to sweep a doubleheader
and the series vs. the Great Danes. Carolina is now 5-1 on the year
while the loss drops Albany to 0-5 for the season.
Carolina starter Nolan Belcher allowed two runs on eight hits in six
innings of work to pick up the win. He is now 1-1 for the season. He
struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Senior left-hander Tyler
Webb recorded the final two outs of the game to pick up his second save
of the year. Albany starting pitcher Austin Chase suffered the loss and
is 0-2 for the season. He worked four innings and allowed six runs,
three earned on seven hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts.
Gamecocks broke ahead with three unearned runs in the bottom of the
first inning. Max Schrock reached base with one out on a fielding error
by Austin Chase. Carolina then struck for a pair of hits as Joey
Pankake singled followed by a RBI double to right field off the bat of
LB Dantzler. With runners on second and third, Pankake would score as a
deep fly to right field off the bat of Kyle Martin was dropped by
Albany right fielder D.J. Hoagboon. Dantzler would score Carolina's
third run of the inning on Grayson Greiner's RBI sacrifice fly to
Carolina added to the lead with a run in the bottom of
the second inning. Tanner English reached base with a one-out double
and scored on Max Schrock's two-out RBI triple to left-center. The
triple was the first of the season for the Gamecocks. The lead extended
to 6-0 in the third inning. Dantzler doubled and after a Kyle Martin
walk would score on Grayson Greiner's RBI single up the middle. After a
walk to Chase Vergason loaded the bases, Martin would score on TJ
Costen's RBI sacrifice fly to left-center.
Albany struck for a
pair of runs in the fourth inning. Josh Nethaway, Greg Muller and D.J.
Hoagboon opened the frame with three consecutive singles including a
RBI base hit from Hoagboon. With two outs, Muller would score on a RBI
single off the bat of Evan Harasta.
Albany wasn't done and
scored twice more in the ninth inning. Adam Mund singled for his third
hit of the day with one out followed by a double off the bat of Jeff
Welsh. The Gamecocks then went to the pen for Webb to close out the
game. Evan Harasta knocked a sacrifice fly to center field scoring
Mund. Nolan Gaige added a two-out RBI single scoring Welsh. With the
tying run at the plate, Webb dug in and struck out Gordon Madej to
preserve the Carolina victory.
South Carolina won despite being
outhit 11-10 in the contest. Dantzler went 3-for-4 with a RBI and two
runs scored. He was 9-for-13 in the series with 10 RBI. He is hitting
.545 (12-for-22) after two weeks of play with three homers and 13 RBI.
Max Schrock was also 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Mund went
3-for-4 to lead Albany at the plate. Gaige and Hoagboon added two hits
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