FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. – Top ranked South Carolina rallied
with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat Arkansas 2-1 on
Friday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader. The Gamecocks are 26-3 and 7-3 in the SEC with Arkansas 18-12 and 4-6 in
Trailing 1-0 entering the top of the eighth inning, the
Gamecocks broke through as DC Arendas got things started with a one-out double
to the gap in right-center.
score in the next at bat as Tanner English knocked a RBI double down the left
field line. With two outs and English
still on second base, Marcus Mooney hit a RBI single into right field giving
the Gamecocks a one-run lead. Mooney has
tallied 10 of his 13 RBI with two outs this year.
South Carolina junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery
earned the win. He pitched seven-plus
innings and allowed one run on four hits with three walks and nine
strikeouts. His nine strikeouts tied a
season high he set vs. Clemson on February 28.
Right-hander Cody Mincey followed with a scoreless eighth inning with a
pair of strikeouts and right-hander Joel Seddon closed it out with a perfect
ninth inning with two strikeouts as well.
Seddon now has eight saves on the year.
Arkansas starter Trey Killian suffered the loss and is 1-5 for the season. He allowed two runs on six hits in 7.2
innings with two walks and five strikeouts.
The Gamecocks had seven hits to just four for
Arkansas. Mooney and English each were
2-for-3 to lead the Gamecocks.
Both teams had limited opportunities in the first five
innings. Arkansas went ahead in the
sixth inning. Brian Anderson reached
base with a one-out single. With two
outs and Anderson on third base, Blake Baxendale knocked a double off the wall
in left-center for the first run of the game.
Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:35:47 GMT
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