Tennessee battled back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat South Carolina 7-4 and
even three-game Southeastern Conference series at one game apiece.
Freshman right-hander Jeremy Brown (2-1) shut the Gamecocks out in 6
2/3 innings of relief to get the win. Clark Odom came in to get the final
out with two South Carolina runners on base to earn his third save. Brett
Jodie (2-2), the South Carolina starter, took the loss.
Tennessee improved its record to 16-4, 3-2 in the SEC. South Carolina
dropped to 16-5, 1-3. The final game of the series was played Sunday. Results
were not available at press time.
South Carolina led 4-0 with one run in the first inning, two in the second
and one in the third. Donnie Ross hit his seventh home run for Tennessee
in the fourth inning and Cortez tied it with his three-run blast in the
fifth. Justin Ross doubled and scored on a base hit by Jeff Pickler in the
seventh to give Tennessee a 5-4 lead.
Tennessee added two runs in the eighth on consecutive two-out singles
by Jason Clabo, Justin Ross and Pickler. South Carolina brought the tying
run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth on a walk to Mike Curry and
a two-out double by Derick Urquhart. However, Odom came in and threw one
pitch, a ground ball to shortstop Ryan Bordenick, to end the game
On Friday, Tennessee blew an 8-1 lead, built on the strength of two Evans
home runs and another by Pickler, and lost 9-8.
The Gamecocks comeback climaxed with two runs in the eighth and the game-winner
in the bottom of the ninth on Ryan Poe's double.
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