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March 13, 2011

Box Score

South Carolina vs. Ole Miss
March 13, 2011 • Columbia, S.C.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Ole Miss 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 3
South Carolina 3 0 2 2 0 0 X 7 7 0
Coach Smith
Kaitlin Westfall

COLUMBIA, S.C. – With junior leftfielder Kaitlin Westfall leading the way, South Carolina (16-7, 3-2 SEC) posted a 7-1 win over Ole Miss (9-18, 0-3 SEC) on Sunday afternoon at Beckham Field, giving the Gamecocks a three-game series sweep in their first weekend set under head coach Beverly Smith.

Westfall scored a career-best three times while going 1-for-2 with a two-run homer. Sophomore rightfielder Hannah Milks and freshman second baseman Dana Hathorn both had a pair of hits and stole two bases. Junior Kaela Jackson also collected her first hit as a Gamecock, driving in two with the pinch-hit single. Rebel pitcher Kendall Bruning had two of Ole Miss’s six hits.

The Gamecocks started fast, posting three runs in the first thanks in part to two Rebel errors. With the bases loaded, junior Evan Childs grounded a ball to short. The throw went high and got over the fence, handing the Gamecocks their first two runs. Two straight walks to senior catcher P.J. Fulmer and junior first baseman Molly Brossart forced home the third run of the inning.

South Carolina added two in the third on Jackson’s pinch-hit single to left. That plated Westfall and Childs after they collected a walk and an infield single, respectively. Westfall capped the Garnet and Black’s scoring with her two-run homer to left, which drove in Hathorn after she singled on a 3-2 pitch just ahead of Westfall.

The Rebels got their only run in the sixth when Natalie Nimmo singled home Amanda Hutcheson with two outs. The threat continued after a Brittany Barnhill double and an intentional walk to Londen Ladner, but Gamecock freshman pitcher Julie Sarratt got a strikeout in relief to end the inning.

South Carolina redshirt sophomore Audrey Broyles (4-1) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing five hits and a walk in the win. Bruning (2-10) took the loss for the Rebels, giving up seven runs, four earned, on seven hits and three walks. She struck out one.

The win gives South Carolina its first Southeastern Conference series sweep since 2008, when the team took all three games at Kentucky. Junior centerfielder Lauren Lackey saw her eight-game hitting streak snapped in the loss.

The Gamecocks return to action at Beckham Field on Wednesday afternoon when they host No. 1 Georgia in a doubleheader. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT.