USC starter Jordan Montgomery took a no-hitter into the seventh inning where he gave up his only two hits of the day as the Gamecocks rolled over Georgia 7-1 Saturday afternoon at Carolina Stadium to clinch the SEC series. With the win the Gamecocks improve to 36-14 and 15-10 in the SEC. The victory clinches a winning SEC regular season for the Gamecocks with four league games remaining. Georgia falls to 18-30 and 5-18 in league play.
Montgomery allowed only four base runners thru the first six innings, three on walks and the fourth reached on an error. Kyle Farmer got the first hit for the Bulldogs, a triple with one out in the seventh. He later scored on a sacrifice fly. Montgomery allowed a double to Brett DeLoach before getting a ground out to first to end the inning. Colby Holmes pitched the 8th and 9th innings and allowed just one hit. Montgomery improves his record to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.86.
The Gamecocks led 2-0 going to the bottom of the 5th. Connor Bright had a RBI double in the second and Grayson Greiner drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
The Gamecocks broke the game open in fifth when they scored three times with two outs. With runners on first and second, Chase Vergason drove in one with a hard shot off the first baseman who threw late to the pitcher covering the bag. TJ Costen scored from second on the play. Joey Pankake then laced a single that scored Graham Saiko. Pankake was caught in a run down between first and second and stayed alive long enough for Vergason to score.
The Gamecocks added a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Max Schrock. In the seventh the Gamecocks picked up an unearned run as Vergason scored from second on an a hard hit ball by Pankake that bounced off the third baseman and into left field for an error.
The teams will conclude the series Sunday afternoon at 1:30. Jack Wynkoop will start for the Gamecocks and lefthander Jared Walsh will go for the Bulldogs.