South Carolina remained undefeated in conference play by shutting down the Rebels on Saturday in Oxford.
The Gamecocks got off to a hot start, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Gene Cone - who has had a great weekend - led off with a double, then came home on a one-out RBI groundout by John Jones. Alex Destino followed with a double, then he came home on a base hit by Dom Thompson-Williams. The third run scored on an RBI single from Jonah Bride.
Both teams were pretty quiet during the middle innings, until South Carolina scored its only other run of the day in the fifth inning. Jones walked with one out, Destino singled, and a DTW sac fly got Jones across home plate.
Ole Miss did mount a few scoring threats, but the Gamecocks' pitching and defense got them out of any jams, with South Carolina turning a couple of clutch double plays.
Starter Adam Hill did a nice job on the mound, bouncing back after somewhat of a rough outing last weekend. He worked six innings of shutout ball, allowing just a handful of hits. Brandon Murray and Tyler Johnson also pitched for the Gamecocks this afternoon.
This was an important series for South Carolina, and they came out of it with flying colors. They pretty much dominated the Rebels, and the Gamecocks also took advantage of any breaks that went their way or mistakes made by Ole Miss, which is the sign of a good team.
With the win, South Carolina improves to 23-2 overall and 6-0 in the SEC, while the Rebels drop to 20-5 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The Gamecocks will play again on Tuesday, when they host College of Charleston. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Founder's Park.