South Carolina freshman right-hander Forrest Koumas worked a career-high 7.1 innings and struck out a career-high seven batters Saturday as the Gamecocks beat Tennessee 2-1 to sweep the series.
No. 3 South Carolina rallied with two runs in the sixth inning to come from behind in the final game at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville.
The Gamecocks improved to 26-5 and 10-2 in the SEC, while Tennessee drops to 19-13 and 2-10 in league play.
South Carolina broke through in the sixth inning. Robert Beary singled to left field to open the frame, Peter Mooney also singled to left-center and Scott Wingo beat out a bunt for a base hit to load the bases. The Gamecocks would tie it on Jackie Bradley Jr's RBI sacrifice fly to right field.
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On the play, Robert Beary just beat a throw at the plate by right fielder Charley Thurber. That brought out Vols coach Todd Raleigh, who was ejected in an argument with the home plate umpire.
With runners on second and third, Carolina took a 2-1 lead on Christian Walker's RBI single to right field.
“It shows that our team, we battle for nine innings,” Beary said of the sweep. “We’ve got a great pitching staff. They’ve been lights-out all year.”
After yielding a run in the first inning, Koumas (4-0) settled in and limited the Vols to just three hits on the afternoon and two walks while tallying seven strikeouts.
Sophomore right-hander Matt Price closed the game out with 1.1 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts to pick up his 10th save of the season and his third save of the series.
Gamecock pitchers allowing one run in 27 innings of work vs. the Volunteers in the series.
South Carolina will return to action on Tuesday night at The Citadel at 7 p.m. The Gamecocks are back home next weekend hosting a three-game series vs. Vanderbilt.