Lefty Belcher shuts down Tigers as Gamecocks win series
|Sunday, March 3, 2013, 6:28 PM-|
Columbia, SC - Senior lefthander Nolan Belcher pitched a three-hit shutout in #7 South Carolina’s 8-0 victory over Clemson in front of 8,242 fans at Carolina Stadium on Sunday. The Gamecocks, who won the series 2-1, improved to 8-2 on the season. The Tigers dropped to 6-4 in 2013.
Belcher (2-1) allowed just three singles, no runs, and no walks with seven strikeouts to earn the win. He threw 118 pitches and faced only five batters over the minimum. It was the first individual shutout against Clemson since 2011.
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Chase Vergason scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning when he led off with a home run to right field, his second long ball of the season.
The Gamecocks added to their lead in the sixth inning with five unearned runs on four two-out hits. Leadoff batter Graham Saiko reached when second-baseman
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In the seventh inning, Saiko led off with a single through the left side and advanced to third on Vergason’s single to right field. Saiko then scored on a balk.
The Gamecocks added an insurance run in the eighth inning. Greiner grounded a one-out single up the middle, Bright was hit-by-pitch, and Tanner English walked to load the bases. Saiko then walked to score Greiner.
Vergason, Greiner, and Bright paced South Carolina’s 11-hit attack with two hits apiece, while Bright had a game-high two RBIs.
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After the game, freshman righthander
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Clemson will host Wofford at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday at 4:00 PM.
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