Saturday May 3, 2008No. 12 USC Rallies To Down No. 22 Baseball, 6-5
A bases-loaded, two-run single by South Carolina junior James Darnell (3-for-4, four RBI) in the seventh inning lifted the No. 12 Gamecocks (32-15/12-11 SEC) to a 6-5 victory over No. 22 Florida (28-17/13-10 SEC) on Saturday at Sarge Frye Field to even the teams’ weekend series.
Junior Will Atwood (5-2) hurled a complete game,
allowing 11 hits and five runs, and retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced.
The lefty matched his career high of seven strikeouts and was backed by a
13-hit outburst. Following five-straight games without a miscue, the Gators
committed three errors and have now dropped five one-run games in conference
play. UF will send junior right-hander Patrick
Darnell led off the bottom part of the stanza with
his 14th round-tripper to left off junior Stephen
Aided by a critical two-out error, the Gamecocks
evened the score in the home part of the third. Locke retired the first two
batters before junior Reese Havens extended his hitting streak to 17 games with
a single through the right side. Senior third baseman Jon Townsend (
The Gators seized a 5-3 lead in the fourth with
four-straight two-out singles. Foster kicked things off with an infield hit to
short and Barnes pushed his teammate over with a knock up the middle.
USC closed to within 5-4 in the fifth but had the tying
run erased at home plate to end the frame. Merrifield bunted for a single with
one down but Townsend threw the ball away, resulting in the runner taking
second. Moments later, Smoak bashed an RBI double to
left to end the afternoon for Locke. The lefty gave up eight hits and four runs
(two earned) over 4.1 innings. Senior Josh
The Gamecocks grabbed their first lead of the afternoon on Darnell’s bases-loaded single in the seventh that scored a pair. Edmondson issued a one-out walk to Havens before surrendering a double to Merrifield. With first base open, Smoak was walked intentionally and the move backfired when Darnell roped a two-run single into left field for a 6-5 USC lead. Edmondson prevented further trouble by striking out Disher and having Lail ground out.