FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - For years Arkansas has been South Carolina's kryptonite on the baseball field. This year, the tables turned.
Sam Dyson picked up where Blake Cooper left off Friday night, pitching a complete game as the No. 8 Gamecocks flustered the No. 12 Razorbacks for the second consecutive day, winning 5-0 Saturday at Baum Stadium.
It is South Carolina's first series victory against Arkansas since 2001 and the Gamecocks first series win in Fayetteville.
"It's been a long time," South Carolina coach Ray Tanner said. "Let's hope it doesn't go that long again."
The Gamecocks (40-11, 19-7 SEC) became the first conference team to 40 wins this season as Dyson held one of the league's best offensive clubs to six hits a day after Cooper held the Razorbacks to a season-low three hits.
"I was happy to see Dyson have a great day," Tanner said. "After the way Cooper pitched last night, I knew it'd be difficult today and he pitched extremely well."
Dyson got plenty of help from the Razorback bats, needing seven or fewer pitches in an inning four times. The right-hander struck out eight batters and stranded 10 Razorback runners, including runners on the corners to end the game.
"It wasn't a typical performance," Dyson said. "I've had some good performances on the road this year but nothing like this. I just kept battling and things worked out."
Dyson set the tone early, working around a bases-loaded jam in the first inning to strike out Arkansas designated hitter Tom Hauskey.
The Gamecocks responded an inning later with a Bobby Haney RBI single to score Adrian Morales and give South Carolina a 1-0 lead.
"There are a lot of big situations that happen in the course of a game and that was one," Tanner said. "I thought Sam was throwing pretty good stuff and then all of a sudden, boom, they have the bases loaded. He pitched well today."
From that point on, Dyson was nearly untouchable. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point, and South Carolina extended its lead to 3-0 on a two-out, two-run home run by Brady Thomas in the fourth inning.
USC added two more in the top of the eighth inning on RBIs from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Walker.
Meanwhile, the struggles continued for Arkansas (38-13, 16-10). The SEC's overall leader three weeks ago has lost three of its past four series.
"They kept us off-balance and Dyson's performance was pretty much the story of the game," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn, who was denied his 900th career win for the second consecutive day. "Hats off to him."