The USC baseball team, which got off to a 1-5 start in SEC play, reached the .500 mark Saturday with a 5-3 win over Mississippi State in front of 8242 fans at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks have won their last three SEC series to stand at 7-7 in league play. The Gamecocks are 26-10 overall. Mississippi State falls to 5-9 in league play and 21-14 overall.
AUDIO: Ray Tanner [3:43]
The Gamecocks took a 2-0 lead in the third on a bases loaded, two out single to center by LB Dantzler. USC made it 3-0 in the 5th on an RBI single by Christian Walker. And the Gamecocks added two more runs in the 6th on an RBI triple by Tanner English who later scored on an infield hit to third by Joey Pankake.
The Bulldogs rallied in the 7th scoring three runs and chasing Gamecock starter Jordan Montgomery who was replaced by Tyler Webb after giving up a one out solo home run to Trey Porter. Webb was not effective as he yielded a run on a single, a double and a sacrifice fly. Evan Beal replaced Webb and promptly threw a wild pitch allowing the third run of the inning to score. Nolan Belcher was then brought in and he got the final out of the inning.
The Gamecocks then turned the ball over to Matt Price who left runners at first and second in the 8th and worked around a single in the 9th to earn his third save. Montgomery got the win to improve to 3-0.
AUDIO: LB Dantzler, Jordan Montgomery, Tanner English [3:19]
The teams will wrap up the series Sunday at 1:30. Colby Holmes (4-0, 2.56) will start for the Gamecocks.