April 22, 2006
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina recorded two runs on seven hits off of Mary Jane Callahan to lead the Gamecocks to a 2-0 shutout victory over the Ole Miss Rebels in game two Saturday. With the win, USC recorded the doubleheader sweep and the series. Ashley Smith hit an RBI single and eventually scored on an error to give USC enough runs for the win.
Kate Pouliot allowed only three hits and struck out six in seven innings pitched as she improved to 5-6 on the season. Callahan fell to 7-16 as she gave up seven hits and struck out three. Smith went 2-for-3, as did Jacqueline Wetherbee.
Ashton Payne, Chrissy Schoonmaker and Margaret Person each tacked on a hit for the Gamecocks as well. Callahan, Lauren Rowe and Michelle May recorded the hits for Ole Miss.
In the second inning, designated player Christie Hamilton reached base on an error by shortstop Lisa Conchos and advanced to second on a sacrifice. With two outs, Smith then singled to right field to drive in Hamilton to put USC on the board. The Gamecocks recorded two more singles and advanced Smith to third. South Carolina then capitalized on an Ole Miss error when left fielder Vanessa Gibbs overthrew to third base in an attempt to get an out, and Person came home and scored safely.
With the win, the Gamecocks are now 26-25 and 6-16 in the SEC. Ole Miss falls to 16-33 and 3-19 in the conference. Game three is set for Noon on Sunday and the Gamecocks will go for the series sweep. Should USC come out with the win, it would be their first three-game sweep of the season.