No. 17 South Carolina Surges
Past Vanderbilt, 8-3, to Sweep Series
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Vanderbilt built a 3-0 lead
but South Carolina scored eight times in the final four
innings to rally for an 8-3 win, Sunday, March 30, at
Sarge Frye Field. The win gives the Gamecocks a sweep
of the three-game series and improves their record to
19-9, 4-5 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt
loses its fifth consecutive league game to slip to 13-13
overall and 2-7 in the SEC.
USC starting left-hander David Marchbanks pitched
a complete game in the win. He scattered seven hits,
three runs (one earned) and one walk while striking
out seven. Vanderbilt starting left-hander Ryan Mullins
(1-4) took the loss. He struck out a season-high eight
batters but allowed seven hits, five runs (one earned)
and two walks in six innings.
South Carolina rallied from a three-run deficit to
score four times in the fifth. Steven Tollenson coaxed
a bases-loaded walk and Brian Buscher followed with
a bases-clearing double to left field to give the Gamecocks
a 4-3 lead.
South Carolina extended its lead to 5-3 in the sixth
when Jon Coutlangus grounded out to second base, plating
Matt Riddle from third.
The Gamecock advantage grew to 7-3 in the seventh
when Justin Harris pushed a bases-loaded bunt single
into the hole between the pitcher’s mound and
first base to bring home Tolleson. Kevin Melillo followed
with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Buscher.
Bryan Triplett completed the run when his one-out
solo home run to left-center field gave the Gamecocks
an 8-3 lead.
Vanderbilt took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when
John Kaye scored from third base on a throwing error
by USC third baseman Buscher. Jonathan Douillard hit
a sharp grounder to Buscher at third base but Buscher’s
throw home short hopped the plate and allowed Kaye to
score. Zach Simpson followed with a sacrifice fly to
center field that brought home Worth Scott.
Three innings later the Commodores increased their
lead to 3-0 in the fifth when Ryan Klosterman doubled
down the left-field line and scored on a RBI single
to center field by Matt Zeller.
Vanderbilt plays its next four games at home. The
Commodores take on Western Kentucky Tuesday, April 1,
at 7 p.m. before playing host to nationally ranked Florida
in a three-game SEC series beginning Friday at 7 p.m.