South Carolina rallied from behind on Sunday to sweep the Vols and extend their winning streak to four games.
After having a chance to score in the first inning but leaving the bases loaded, the Gamecocks got on the board in the third inning after LT Tolbert and Jonah Bride knocked back-to-base hits and Carlos Cortes came through with a one-out RBI single to make it 1-0.
Tennessee answered in the fourth inning, taking a 3-1 lead after back-to-back walks, a two-run double, and an RBI single.
USC got one run back in the sixth inning, thanks to one-out RBI groundout by Chris Cullen that brought Cortes home to make it 3-2. The Gamecocks tied things up in the next inning. With one out, Tolbert walked, Bride got hit by a pitch, and Matt Williams singled to load the bases, the with two outs, Riley Hogan got walked to force in the tying run.
After the Volunteers threatened in the top of the eighth, South Carolina rallied in the bottom of the inning. Kyle Jacobsen singled with one out, stole second, and came home on an RBI single from Jacob Olson that put the Gamecocks up 4-3. After that, Bride walked with two outs and Matt Williams brought Olson and Bride home with a two-run double.
Starter Ridge Chapman worked 3.2 innings and allowed two hits and three runs. He also walked four batters and struck four out. Sawyer Bridges, Carmen Mlodzinski, TJ Shook, and Eddy Demurias combined to go the rest of the way. Shook did an especially good job getting USC out of a jam in the top of the seventh. Demurias got the win and is now 3-0 on the season.
South Carolina improves to 17-11 overall and 4-5 in conference play, while Tennessee drops to 17-12 overall and 4-5 in the SEC. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday, when they travel take to Charlotte to take on UNC. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.