Vanderbilt clinches weekend series with USC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Vanderbilt raced out to a five-run lead and was able to withstand a late push by South Carolina to beat the Gamecocks 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.

The No. 2 Commodores clinched the series with the win and improved to 41-6 and 21-2 in the SEC while South Carolina dropped to 33-14 and 13-10 in league play.

Vanderbilt starter Tyler Beede took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and earned the win. He is now 12-0 on the year in 12 starts. He allowed two runs on two hits in six and a third innings of work. He struck out seven batters and walked four. South Carolina starter Jordan Montgomery suffered the loss and is now 3-1 on the year. He allowed four runs, three of them earned, on six hits in two and two thirds innings on the mound.

The Commodores opening the scoring in the top of the second inning when Jack Lupo drove in two runners with a single up the middle. Lupo eventually scored the third run on a fielder's choice.

South Carolina mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning when USC first baseman LB Dantzler broke up Beede's no-hitter with a man on base. Max Schrock kept the hits coming in the frame with a blast up the middle scoring Joey Pankake, cutting the deficit to four runs. Sean Sullivan delivered a two-out RBI hit to left field scoring Dantzler to make the score 5-2. That's where the rally stopped.

The No. 15 Gamecocks look to avoid the sweep Sunday afternoon. The final game of the series has been moved to noon due to the threat of inclement weather in Columbia.