by Matt Long
Posted Mar. 22, 2010. 10:26 AM
Whit Merrifield and Scott Wingo each homered for South Carolina, and four pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout as the Gamecock baseball team completed a weekend sweep of the Tennessee Vols with a 4-0 win Sunday.
Freshman starter Tyler Webb (1-1) allowed only a bunt single in the 6th inning to pick up his first win of the season. Webb had six strikeouts and no runs in 5.2 innings. Freshman pitcher Matt Price threw two perfect innings and three strikeouts to pick up his first career save.
It was the Gamecocks' (16-4, 3-0) 10th consecutive win, the most for South Carolina since 10 straight to open the 2005 season.
After a nearly two hour rain delay, the Gamecocks got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 5th. Merrifield drove a solo home run over the left field wall to put South Carolina up 1-0.
Wingo followed in the seventh with another solo shot that would be all the Gamecocks needed offensively.
Tennessee (10-10, 0-3) starter Stephen McCray suffered the loss despite giving up just one run in 5.2 innings.
The Gamecocks will now head on the road for four consecutive games, starting at Georgia Southern on Tuesday night.