College Baseball

South Carolina completes sweep of Kentucky with 3-1 win

info@islandpacket.comApril 21, 2013 

COLUMBIA -- Freshman Jack Wynkoop threw eight innings, and LB Dantzler hit his 12th home run of the season Sunday as 14th-ranked South Carolina upended 17th-ranked Kentucky, 3-1, to sweep a three-game SEC series at Carolina Stadium.

The Gamecocks are 31-10 overall and 11-7 in the SEC, while Kentucky falls to 24-15 and 7-11 in league play.

Wynkoop (5-2) scattered nine hits, but only allowed one unearned run. The left-hander did not walk a batter and struck out three. Senior lefty Tyler Webb pitched a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts to earn his 12th save.

Kentucky starter Corey Littrell (4-3) got the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in 7 2-3 innings. He walked five and struck out three.

Kentucky took advantage of a Gamecock error to break ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning. Austin Cousino reached base to open the frame on a fielding error on a grounder to first baseman LB Dantzler. After Cousino stole second base, he would score on A.J. Reed's RBI double to the gap in right-center.

Dantzler atoned for his mistake in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run homer to give Carolina a 2-1 lead. Joey Pankake would lead off with a base hit to left-center. On a 0-1 pitch, Dantzler crushed a homer estimated at 410 feet.

The lead increased to 3-1 on a RBI single by Pankake in the bottom of the fifth. Graham Saiko would reach base with two outs on a walk and following Chase Vergason's single up the middle, scored on Pankake's RBI base hit to right field.

Kentucky threatened in the ninth inning with a leadoff walk to pinch hitter Jeff Boehm. Webb entered the game and struck out the next two batters before a two-out base hit by Lucas Witt. With runners on first and second, Zac Zellers laced a hard grounder to the left side of the infield. Shortstop Joey Pankake fielded cleanly and threw to third for the forceout ending the game and preserving the win.

Pankake had two hits to lead the Gamecocks.

Reed went 3 for 4 and Zellers added two hits to lead Kentucky at the plate.

South Carolina is back in action at 6 p.m. Tuesday with a non-conference game at Gardner-Webb in Shelby, N.C.

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