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Seven Run Sixth Inning Powers Gamecocks Past No. 11 Gators
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Seven Run Sixth Inning Powers Gamecocks Past No. 11 Gators

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina softball team tallied a seven spot in the sixth inning, as the Gamecocks took down No. 11 Florida (25-8, 3-4) 13-10 in game one of the series Friday night (Mar. 31). Carolina improves its record to 25-8 on the season and 2-5 in the SEC.

The 13 runs by South Carolina are the most in an SEC game since defeating No. 2 Tennessee 15-5 on March 25, 2018.

Zoe Laneaux led the Gamecocks at the dish going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jordan Fabian and Emma Sellers each drove in three runs, while Hannah Hawley finished with two. Four different Carolina players scored two runs.

South Carolina opened the scoring in the bottom of the second with four runs. Emma Sellers was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to start the scoring. Two runs came home when Aaliyah White reached on an error, before Brooke Blankenship laid down a sacrifice bunt plating the fourth Carolina run.

Florida responded with two of their own in the top of the third, but the Gamecocks plated two more in the bottom of the third on a double by Fabian, stretching the lead to 6-2.

The Gators tacked on another run in the fifth before putting up a seven spot in the sixth, taking a 10-6 lead.

The Gamecocks showed no quit, responding with a seven spot of their own in the sixth to re-take the lead.

With one out in the inning, Blankenship walked, and Jen Cummings was hit by a pitch. Zoe Laneaux got it going for Carolina with a double to the left-center gap, scoring Blankenship. Then with two outs, Laneaux scored on a dropped third strike and Jordan Fabian was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Emma Sellers came up clutch with a two-run single up the middle, giving Carolina an 11-10 lead.

Hannah Hawley delivered the final blow with a pinch-hit single to left, scoring two more Gamecocks to cap off the scoring.

In the top of the seventh, the Gators got a one-out infield single, but Bailey Betenbaugh got the next two batters to fly out and end the game.

In total six pitchers were used by Carolina in the win. Betenbaugh recorded her sixth win of the season, closing out the final 1 2-3 innings of the game. She allowed one run on two hits and struck out a batter.

Game two of the series will be tomorrow, April 1, with first pitch at 4 p.m.

For the latest on South Carolina Softball, visit or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @GamecockSoftbll, Facebook /GamecockSoftball, and Instagram @GamecockSoftball.

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