Columbia-Vanderbilt broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the fifth, then added five runs in the seventh, in taking a 10-0 win over USC Thursday night at Founders Park. The Gamecocks have lost five in a row and are off to an 0-4 tart in the SEC. They have lost six of their last seven against the Commodores. Vandy is 19-2 and 4-0 in the SEC.
At 10-11, the Gamecocks are under .500 this late in a season for the first time since 1996.
Noah Hall (0-4) started for USC and took a no-hitter to the fifth. But four hits and an error led to four Commodore runs in the fifth. Hall came back with a 1-2-3 sixth. In the seventh, John Gilreath came in to pitch and didn’t have it. He gave up three runs before getting the first out. Vandy ended up scoring five in the inning to make the game a no-doubter.
Vanderbilt starter Chris McElvain (4-0) scattered five hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked two. The Gamecocks managed just one hit off two relievers over the final two innings.