September 2, 2014

No hitter highlights Gamecocks’ sweep of Albany Sunday (AUDIO)

Colby Holmes leads way on no-hitter (File Photo)

Colby Holmes leads way on no-hitter (File Photo)

Three USC pitchers had a great day against the Great Danes of Albany Sunday afternoon hurling the Gamecocks’ first no-hitter in 38 years in a 14-1 victory in game one of a doubleheader.  The Gamecocks completed the sweep with a 6-4 win in game two.

Colby Holmes, Forrest Koumas and Josh Knab combined on USC’s first no-hitter since Ray Lavigne no-hit George Mason 8-0 on March 26, 1975 at Sarge Frye Field.  It’s the 7th no-hitter in Gamecock history and the first combined no-no.

Holmes worked the first six innings allowing one walk and striking out three. He improved his record to 2-0 on the season.  Koumas worked the seventh and eighth innings walking three and striking out one.  And Knab finished up with a perfect ninth.

Albany’s only run came in the fourth on a walk, a throwing error and a sacrifice fly.

AUDIO: Colby Holmes, Forrest Koumas & Josh Knab talk about no-hitter [1:30]

(Audio courtesy of Gamecocks online)

The Gamecocks’ offense finally came to life in the bottom of the fifth with eight hits and nine runs.  Chase Vergason, who had three RBIs in the game,  homered to start the rally and Max Schrock put USC ahead with a two run single.

LB Dantzler had four RBIs in the game including a three run homer in the eighth.

In the nightcap, the Gamecocks built a 6-0 lead and weathered a ninth inning Albany rally in which the Great Danes scored twice to make it a 6-4 game.  With the tying run at the plate, Tyler Webb struck out Gordon Madej to earn his second save.  Starter Nolan Belcher pitched six innings allowing two runs on eight hits and striking out seven to even his record at 1-1.

Dantzler led the Gamecocks’ offense in game two with three more hits.  He finished the weekend series 9 hits and 10 RBIs and is hitting .545 after the first six games of the season.

The Gamecocks are 5-1 and will play Furman at home Tuesday afternoon.

AUDIO: Chad Holbrook discusses Sunday sweep [3:37]

(Audio courtesy Gamecocks Online)

Game one box

Game two box