By Ed Cahill
Posted April 19, 2010 10:00 AM
The 10th ranked Gamecock baseball team hosted the 13th ranked Ole Miss in a weekend series in Columbia and USC took two of three from the Rebels to bring their SEC record to 11-4.
Game one was a pitcher's duel as Gamecock ace Blake Cooper faced off against a projected top ten draft pick Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz carried a no hitter into the sixth, but with the Rebels at the plate in the top of the seventh something curious happened—a black cat ran onto the field. On the following two plays the Gamecocks committed two errors, but both runners were ruled out on the following play due to a interference call.
The next inning the Gamecocks broke up the Pomeranz no hitter with a bunt single. The Gamecocks went on to plate two plates five runs in the eighth. Blake Cooper closed out the game to record the complete game shutout.
"It was a special outing. You have to give credit to (Drew) Pomeranz (as well). He is everything that he is advertised to be. He is tremendously gifted, powerful, got a great breaking ball. It's one of those deals where you can't get upset with your hitters because he's so good. It was going to be a close one and somehow we figured out a way to win. I can't say enough about Cooper's outing, it was extremely special." Tanner said.
Saturday, South Carolina clinched their fifth consecutive series victory with a 9-5 win. Freshman Christian Walker provided the firepower with a grand slam in the second inning, and pitcher Sam Dyson recorded his third win of the season. Coach Tanner was pleased with his pitchers performance.
""I was very happy about Sam Dyson today. I am somewhat ecstatic. I thought he was really good. You take away a couple of plays that we didn't make, maybe a couple of balls in the outfield, not easy plays, but we could have gotten a couple outs. I thought the ball came out of his hand well. He threw some change-ups, his fastball had some life." He said.
With the series victory clinched, the Gamecocks went into Sunday looking for the sweep. The Rebels made sure that wouldn't happen with a four run fifth that gave them a lead they wouldn't let go. The Gamecocks left nine runners on base as they dropped to 28-8 on the season, but they still remain atop the SEC East with a 11-4 conference record.
The Gamecocks will take on USC Upstate in Carolina Stadium on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.