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March 14, 2004

Box Score

Columbia, S.C. – Matt Campbell allowed one hit, struck out 11 and walked none over seven innings Sunday as third ranked South Carolina used 11 hits, five Delaware State errors, three hit batters and six walks in a 16-3 win that improved the Gamecock baseball record to 17-0.

The junior left-hander improved his record to 4-0. He has not allowed a run in 27 2/3 innings, has struck out 43 batters and has walked only two. Eric Carter, the Delaware State starter, was charged with the loss to drop his record to 1-2. The three game sweep by South Carolina dropped the Delaware State record to 8-11.

Campbell struck out at least one batter in each inning that he worked, including three in the seventh inning. Delaware State managed just two base runners in the seven innings that Campbell pitched. C. J. Acker singled in the fourth inning for the only hit allowed by Campbell. Garrett Weir reached on an error in the sixth inning but Campbell picked him off first base.

After South Carolina built a 16-0 lead Delaware State scored two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth on four hits. The Hornet hits included a two RBI eighth inning triple by Brandon Tanner.

South Carolina took a 3-0 lead in the third inning on two hits and a pair of walks. A double by Bryan Triplett drove in two runs. A walk, single, wild pitch and a sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 4-0. The Gamecocks doubled the score with four sixth inning runs on only two hits. An error, a walk, a hit batter, a stolen base and a wild pitch contributed to the rally.

A three run home run by Hank Parks, his second of the year, and a two run homer by Bryan Triplett, his fifth, featured an eight run seventh inning to stretch the Gamecock lead to 16-0. There were two hit batters, a walk, and five hits in the inning.

Landon Powell had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Triplett drove in four runs with a double and a home run. Steven Tolleson drove in two with a sacrifice fly and a RBI single. He had two hits on the day.

Cliff Donald and John Gregory had one strikeout each to go with 11 by Campbell. The 13 strikeouts increased the 17 game total by the South Carolina pitching staff to 203 in 152 innings. Gamecock pitchers, walked only one batter in the three games with Delaware State for a 17 game total of 17, an average of one per game.

South Carolina meets Davidson at 7 p.m., Tuesday at Sarge Frye Field before opening the Southeastern Conference schedule with three home games next weekend against Louisiana State University.