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April 17, 2015

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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Vanderbilt (29-11, 12-5 SEC) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 10 0
South Carolina (24-16, 7-10 SEC) 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 X 5 10 2

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Junior left-hander Jack Wynkoop pitched his first career complete game and allowed just two runs to lift South Carolina to a 5-2 win over fourth ranked Vanderbilt on Friday night at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 24-16 and 7-10 in the SEC while the loss drops the Commodores to 29-11 and 12-5 in conference play.

DC Arendas put the Gamecocks on the board first with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third.

Vanderbilt tied the game at 2-2 in top of the seventh on a two-run single from Rhett Wiseman. After a base hit by Tyler Campbell and Ro Coleman’s double, Wiseman knocked a bloop single to center field driving in both runners.

The Gamecocks reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases for Schrock, who also walked and brought home Clark Scolamiero. Kyle Martin’s sacrifice fly to left drove in Cone and gave South Carolina a 4-2 advantage. The Gamecocks added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Cone that scored Jordan Gore.

Wynkoop earned the win and improve to 5-4 on year. He allowed two runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out a career-high 12 batters. Vanderbilt junior right-hander Walker Buehler suffered the loss for the Commodores and is now 3-1 on the year. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 6t.1 innings with three walks and six strikeouts.

The walk to Max Schrock in the seventh inning scored Clark Scolamiero and gave the Gamecocks a lead they would not relinquish.

Jack Wynkoop pitched a complete game and struck out 12 batters while allowing just two runs.

• Jack Wynkoop tallied a career-high 12 strikeouts, which is the most by a Gamecock in a single game this season.
• Clark Scolamiero’s single in the eighth inning was his first career hit.
• Jordan Gore’s three hits tied a career-high.
• DC Arendas tallied his second home run of the season.
• Seven of nine Gamecock position starters had at least one hit.

Head Coach Chad Holbrook
“Obvioulsy it was an incredible performance by [Jack] Wynkoop and probably our biggest and most important win thus far. I said to myself before the game, if we win the game, Wynkoop is going to have thrown a complete game. My game plan was to hand Jack the ball, and have him give it back to me when the game was over, and that’s what he did. It was an incredible performance. When we got to the 9th with [Jeren] Kendall leading off, we were just trying to get him out first, and if he got on base we were going to go to our bullpen. We didn’t want him to pitch more than 130 pitches and he threw 131, so that was as high as we were going to go. But overall an incredible performance and a big win for us. I know we had two errors on the board, but we played some great baseball tonight. We were into every pitch and if we could just bottle that, it would be great. It doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to win, but I love the way my team played tonight.”

South Carolina and Vanderbilt conclude the three game series on Saturday with first pitch set for 1 p.m. at Carolina Staduium. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”