USC used the heavy lumber Saturday afternoon at Carolina Stadium cranking out three home runs, two by first baseman LB Dantzler, in a 6-3 victory over Texas A&M to complete their first SEC series sweep of the season. The Gamecocks are now 22-6 and 5-4 in the SEC. The Aggies fall to 18-11 and 5-4.
The Gamecocks trailed 2-1 in the fourth when Dantzler ripped a solo homer to right tying the game. It stayed that way until the sixth when Connor Bright homered down the left field line, his second of the season, to put USC up 3-2.
The Aggies tied it up again with a run in the 7th but Dantzler put the Gamecocks back on top for good with a another solo blast to left, his 9th homer of the season, on the first pitch he saw from losing pitcher Jason Jester. Dante Rosenberg provided some insurance in the 7th with a two run double that right fielder Jace Statum lost in the sun giving USC a 6-3 lead.
Adam Wesetmoreland, who worked 4.2 innings, started the ninth and was replaced by Tyler Webb with one out and runners at first and second. Webb proceeded to get a ground out to short and a fly out to center to end the game for his 3rd save of the series and his 11th of the season. Westmoreland earned the win and is now 3-0 on the season.
Among his post game comments, USC coach Chad Holbrook said starting lefthander Jordan Montgomery, who has been out with an arm injury, will throw a bullpen session on Monday and he is optimistic Montgomery will be able to return to the rotation for next weekend’s series at Tennessee.