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April 24, 2005

Box Score

Oxford, Miss. – A two-run home run by pinch hitter Kristin Hall in the fifth inning provided the South Carolina Gamecocks (26-25-1, 9-15) a 2-0 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels (26-25, 6-17) Sunday and won the series 2-1. Aleca Johnson pitched seven complete innings and gave up three hits en route to her second shutout of the season.

The Gamecocks recorded six hits off of M.J. Callahan (11-12). Jessica Josker went 2-for-3.

In the fifth inning, the Gamecocks had two outs before Margaret Person kept the inning alive with an infield single to short. Then Hall came in to pinch hit and on a 1-0 count, lobbed the ball over the centerfield fence for her first home run of the season, the fifth of her career, and the Gamecocks took a 2-0 lead in the game.

Johnson retired the Rebels in order in the sixth inning and in the seventh, Brooke Turner led off with a bunt single but Johnson and the Gamecock defense was able to retire the next three batters and clinched the win.

With the win, USC won their first conference series since April 3 against Kentucky. USC had lost three straight series prior.