Schrock knocks Volunteers as USC wins opener 5-4

Dantzler plates run in ninth inning to break tense tie game

04/06/2013 12:59 AM

04/06/2013 1:10 AM

South Carolina’s Max Schrock made Tennessee pay for a fielding mistake in the top of the ninth inning, blasting a go-ahead RBI double off the center-field wall to steal a game the Vols looked poised to take for much of the evening Friday.

LB Dantzler led off the inning with a ground ball hit to Vols third baseman Will Maddox. But the ball spun away from the normally sure-handed Maddox.

Despite South Carolina starter Nolan Belcher issuing three walks after not allowing one during a 47-inning span, Tennessee dropped a 5-4 decision to No. 15 South Carolina before a season-high crowd of 3,110.

“It was a good feeling,” Schrock said. “It was a fastball up in the zone, and I was trying not to do too much with it. I stuck the barrel out there and hit it good.”

After the score was tied at 2-2 for three innings, South Carolina (24-7, 6-4 SEC) regained a 4-2 lead in the eighth.

But Tennessee (13-15, 3-7) came surging back in the ensuing half inning.

Freshman outfielder Vincent Jackson flung a pitch to the right-field wall, ushering home Pierce Bily from first. But a South Carolina relay throw sailed toward the Tennessee dugout, scoring Jackson on an error and tying the score at 4-4.

Tennessee took a 2-1 lead in the third inning off a Scott Price RBI single.

As the Leesville native was announced over the public address system and he trotted toward home plate, even those donning garnet and black offered a few claps.

But Price made those fans reconsider moments later, pelting a liner to the left-field grass and later scoring on a Bily sac fly.

After the game, Vols coach Dave Serrano offered a smile drenched in disbelief when addressing a South Carolina bunt in the eighth.

With runners on first and second, South Carolina’s Grayson Greiner dropped a bunt that teetered along the first-base line. Vols catcher David Houser followed its path, waiting for it to roll foul before the dribbler died perfectly on the chalk line.

Moments later, reliever Eric Martin hit a batter to force in a run. South Carolina also scored on a wild pitch that inning.

Tyler Webb (1-1) earned the win in relief in 1 2/3 innings of work with one run allowed, unearned on one hit with a walk and four strikeouts.

Godley (2-3) earned the loss in relief.

“Our guys responded the right way and still had energy in the dugout (after the eighth inning),” USC coach Chad Holbrook said.

“Max got a big hit for us and Tyler Webb was special once again.”

USC Tennessee
ab r H bi ab r h bi
Saiko lf 4 0 1 1 Maddox 3b 3 1 0 0
Vergsn 3b 4 0 1 1 Simcox ss 4 0 1 0
Pankke ss 4 0 1 0 Price 1b 5 1 2 1
Dantzlr 1b 4 1 0 0 Stewart rf 4 0 1 0
Bright rf 4 0 0 0 Bily cf 1 1 0 1
Schrck 2b 2 2 1 1 Jackson dh 4 1 1 1
Celek dh 3 0 1 0 Smart 2b 4 0 0 0
Christn pr 0 1 0 0 Houser c 4 0 0 0
Martin ph 1 0 0 0 Wormsley lf 1 0 0 0
Greiner c 3 1 2 0 Bennett ph 1 0 0 0
English cf 2 0 0 1
Totals31 5 7 4 Totals31 4 5 3
USC 010 100 021 5
Tennessee 002 000 020 4

E—Pankake (12); Maddox (7); Houser (4). DP—UT 1. LOB—S. Carolina 12; UT 8. 2B—Saiko (2); Pankake (4); Schrock (5); Jackson (3). HBP—Vergason; Maddox. SH—Bright (4); English (2); Simcox (5); Bily (4). SF—English (1). Reached on CI—Schrock.

USC IP H R ER BB SO
Belcher 6.2 4 2 2 3 2
Westmoreland 0.2 0 1 1 1 1
Webb W,1-1 1.2 1 1 0 1 4
Tennessee IP H R ER BB SO
Quillen 3.1 3 2 1 5 3
Cox 3.2 1 0 0 1 2
Martin 0.1 2 2 2 2 1
Saberhagen 0.2 0 0 0 0 0
Godley L,2-3 1 1 1 0 0 0

WP—Quillen 2 (8); Martin, E. (4). HBP—by Belcher (Maddox); by Martin, E. (Vergason). CI—Houser.

Umpires: HP: John Brammer 1B: Jeff Head 2B: Troy Fullwood 3B: Bryan Donnelly. T—2:57. A—3,110

 

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