Strong pitching, timely hitting delivers USC sweep

COLUMBIA, S.C.(WACH) - South Carolina freshman pitcher Wil Crowe put in more than seven innings of work against his the team from his home state, helping the No. 2 Gamecocks to an 8-0 win over Tennessee.

It was South Carolina's 11th shutout of the season, which is just three shy of the program record.

The Gamecocks swept the series and improved to 24-3 and 6-3 in SEC play, while the loss drops the Volunteers to 19-7 and 3-6 in the SEC.

Crowe gave up eight hits and struck out three batters in the win. Cody Mincey put in 1.2 hitless innings of relief, with one walk and three strikeouts. Andrew Lee suffered the loss for Tennessee and is now 3-1 on the season.

South Carolina pounded out 13 hits in the win with six
position starters collecting two hits.

"It was a great weekend for us," said head coach Chad Holbrook. "I told our guys after the game, in this league there is very little separation amongst teams and we could easily be sitting up here having lost two out of three. A pitch here, a pitch there, a play here, a play there and we lose two out of three. We consider ourselves very fortunate. I donâ??t think thereâ??s much separation between us and Tennessee."

The Gamecocks wrap up their six-game homestand on Tuesday night when they host Appalachian State. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.