USC has been almost exclusively all or nothing in SEC play this season. The Gamecocks have played six SEC series and they have either swept or been swept in five of those. Sunday they ended up on the good side of a sweep, capping a perfect weekend against Kentucky with a 3-1 win at Carolina Stadium.
You can give one of Sunday’s gold stars to freshman lefty Jack Wyncoop, who had the best start of his career. He pitched eight innings, didn’t walk a batter and stuck out three in his longest outing of the season. He allowed one run, but it was unearned.
An LB Dantzler’s error in the top of the 4th is what led to the Wildcats unearned run, but he more than made up for it in the bottom half of the inning. With Joey Pankake on first, Dantzler crushed a 410 foot home run to dead center to put the Gamecocks up 2-1. Dantzler leads the Gamecocks with 12 homers this season.
The Gamecocks added an insurance run in the fifth, but they didn’t need it. Even though Kentucky had a base runner on in every inning, the Cats never could string together enough offense to pose a serious threat to Wyncoop. Colby Holmes came on in relief in the ninth but was pulled immediately after he walked the leadoff hitter on four pitches. Chad Holbrook went back to Tyler Webb to finish it off. Webb was questionable to pitch this weekend because of a sore arm, but ended up picking up his second save in as many days.
USC is now 11-7 in the SEC and 31-10 overall. They will play Gardner-Webb Tuesday night in Shellby, NC and then head to Baton Rouge to face defending SEC Champion LSU for a weekend series. The Bayou Bengals are 15-3 in SEC play this season and took two of three from Alabama over the weekend.