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Adam Hill shines but USC drops Game 3 to UNCG

Chad Holbrook recaps series with UNC Greensboro

Gamecocks baseball coach Chad Holbrook disappointed with Sunday's performance, pleased with series win.
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Gamecocks baseball coach Chad Holbrook disappointed with Sunday's performance, pleased with series win.

Adam Hill put together the third consecutive strong outing by a South Carolina starting pitcher, but got no help from the Gamecocks’ offense as UNC Greensboro defeated USC 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Founders Park.

The Spartans (1-2) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Ben Spitznagel, and that was all of the run support the UNCG pitching staff needed.

The Gamecocks (2-1) had opportunities to tie or take the lead, getting at least one runner on base from the fourth through the eighth innings, but were unable to get a big hit when they needed it.

No. 4 USC won two out of three games in the series against the Southern Conference favorite, taking Game 1 7-1 and Game 2 5-1.

“I’d have probably coming into the series on Thursday, out of the respect I have for their team and where I think they are and how old they are and the type of team and club they have, I’d have took a series win,” Carolina coach Chad Holbrook said. “But that being said, you wanted to play better on Sunday when you had a chance to do something special, and we didn’t do enough offensively.”

The lone run was scored by Austin Embler, who walked to open the third inning, stole second base, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a groundout. UNCG had one base runner after the third inning.

Hill was spectacular in defeat, allowing one hit with seven strikeouts in seven innings before giving way to Josh Reagan to pitch the final two. Hill tossed 94 pitches and retired the final 15 batters he faced.

Hill and Reagan held UNCG to one hit on the afternoon. The Spartans led the nation in batting average last season, hitting .346.

For the weekend, South Carolina’s pitchers had a 0.33 ERA and UNCG hit .115 as a team.

“He settled in and threw like Adam Hill. He was terrific,” Holbrook said. “He located his fastball really, really well. His curveball, he located that. Our pitching staff was phenomenal all weekend long. We’ve got to give them a little more support as we go forward and try to improve.”

Spartans starter Matt Frisbee went seven innings, while allowing three hits to earn the win. He struck out four and walked one. Reliever Andrew Wantz earned the save with two shutout innings.

Carolina’s best opportunity to score came in the fourth inning when Danny Blair was on third base with one out and the heart of the lineup due up, but Alex Destino struck out swinging and John Jones popped out in foul territory to end the frame.

The Gamecocks got a leadoff single from Madison Stokes in the fifth inning, but he was stranded at second. USC had two on with one out in the eighth when Danny Blair hit into a 6-3 double play.

“If I picked one player that would never hit into a double play, it would be Danny Blair, but that’s just kind of the day it was for us offensively,” Holbrook said.

USC finished with four hits, with Blair, Stokes, Matt Williams and LT Tolbert each recording one.

The hardest hit ball of the day came off the bat of Jacob Olson. He smashed a ball to left field in the third inning that would be a homer on most days, but with the wind blowing in it was caught at the wall.

“When the flags are blowing the way it is today, you have to absolutely kill it, and he was just short of killing it,” Holbrook said. “It’s just the kind of day it was.”

South Carolina will return to action Tuesday when the Gamecocks host Charlotte at 4 p.m.

UNC Greensboro

ab

r

h

rbi

bb

k

Spitznagel, rf

4

0

0

1

0

1

Shelton, ss

4

0

1

0

0

1

Moritz, cf

4

0

0

0

0

0

Stewart, lf

3

0

0

0

0

2

Jacobs, dh

2

0

0

0

1

1

Goss, 1b

3

0

0

0

0

1

Clinch, c

3

0

0

0

0

2

Embler, 2b

1

1

0

0

2

0

Trejo, 3b

3

0

0

0

0

2

TOTALS

27

1

1

1

3

10

South Carolina

ab

r

h

rbi

bb

k

Hopkins, cf

2

0

0

0

2

1

Blair, lf

4

0

1

0

0

0

Destino, dh

4

0

0

0

0

2

Jones, c

2

0

0

0

0

0

Row, ph

1

0

0

0

0

1

Cullen, c

1

0

0

0

0

0

Stokes, ss

4

0

1

0

0

1

Williams, 1b

3

0

1

0

0

0

Olson, rf

3

0

0

0

0

0

Tolbert, 2b

3

0

1

0

0

1

Bride, 3b

2

0

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

29

0

4

0

2

6

UNCG

001

000

000

1

USC

000

000

000

0

E—Clinch, Williams. DP—UNCG 1, USC 1. LOB—UNCG 2, USC 5. SB—Embler, Blair.

UNCG

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Frisbee W,1-0

7.0

3

0

0

1

4

Wantz S,1

2.0

1

0

0

1

2

South Carolina

1P

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Hill L,0-1

7.0

1

1

0

2

7

Reagan

2.0

0

0

0

1

3

WP—Frisbee. Umpires—HP: Joe Marion; 1B: Barry Chambers; 2B: Kevin Sweeney; 3B: Gregory Start.

T—2:12. A—8,017.

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