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South Carolina’s Bondurant Shuts Out Vanderbilt, 2-0 3/28/03

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina senior left-hander Steven Bondurant (3-1) pitched a complete game five-hitter and Kevin Melillo and Jon Coutlangus each posted RBI singles as the Gamecocks defeated Vanderbilt, 2-0, Friday, March 28 at Sarge Frye Field.

The win pulled the Gamecocks even with the Commodores for third place in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division. South Carolina improves to 17-9 overall, 2-5 in the league. Vanderbilt drops its third consecutive conference game by three runs or less to fall to 13-11 overall and 2-5 in league play.

Vanderbilt starter Jeremy Sowers (0-4) suffered another tough defeat. The sophomore left-hander pitched the entire game for the Commodores, scattering nine hits (all singles), two runs (one earned) and two walks to go along with eight strikeouts in eight innings.

Bondurant scattered five hits and struck out seven without a walk.

Single runs in the second and fourth innings proved to be enough for the Gamecocks. South Carolina took an early 1-0 lead in the second frame when Melillo’s hit to right field dropped underneath a diving Ryan Godfrey, scoring Justin Harris from second base. The Gamecocks added a second run in the fourth inning. With two outs and runners on first and third base, Coutlangus legged out a single that hit sharply off the leg of Sowers on the mound to score Michael Campbell.

Vanderbilt recorded only five hits on the night and placed two runners in scoring position. Cesar Nicolas singled with one out in the fourth inning. One out later Warner Jones singled through the right side of the infield to put runners on first and second. But after a wild pitch by Bondurant moved Nicolas to third base, Tony Mansolino struck out looking to end the Vanderbilt threat.

Three innings later in the seventh, Jones doubled down the third-base line with one out. But Mansolino flied out to left field and Mickey Kropf filed out to right field to end the inning.

Jones posted three of Vanderbilt’s five hits on the night. Coutlangus led South Carolina hitters with a 2-for-3 night at the plate.

The series continues with game two, Saturday at 4 p.m. It concludes Sunday at 1:30 p.m.



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