Carolina won its school-record 52nd game of the season, defeating Kentucky 12-5 in the SEC Tournament. USC showed why it was ranked #1 in the country. All nine batters who started the game reached base. Eight different players scored, and eight drove in runs.
The Gamecocks jumped ahead 4-0 in the first inning, but then were held at bay until two outs in the fifth. Leading only 4-3, USC exploded for seven runs, all after two were out. The big blow was a bases-clearing double by Chris Plummer, which pushed the lead to an insurmountable 10-3. The Gamecocks connected for four doubles in the inning, all after two were out.
Closer Scott Barber (8-1) picked up the win for USC, despite leaving the game after being struck on the forearm by a vicious line drive in the eighth. Coincidentally, Barber had to come in earlier than usual because of an injury to starter Ernie Bascuas, who had to leave the game in the fifth inning.