Sonny Cortez hit a three-run homer, his 11th of the season, Saturday, and

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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