The No. 21 Tennessee Volunteers (19-7, 3-6 SEC) dropped a three-game series to the No. 2 South Carolina Gamecocks (24-3, 6-3) over the weekend in Columbia, S.C., marking the first time this year that the Vols have been swept.
On Sunday, Tennessee sophomore righty Andrew Lee (3-1) suffered his first defeat of the season as UT fell 8-0. Lee gave up season-highs in hits (10), runs (seven) and walks (four) over four innings pitched.
Offensively, junior catcher Tyler Schultz was the only Vol with a multi-hit performance, as he went 2-for-3 at the plate. Senior third baseman Taylor Smart finished the series with a 1-for-4 game, bringing his hit total to a team-high five for the series.
On Saturday, the Gamecocks scored six runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete a six-run comeback and win 9-6, in game two of the series at Carolina Stadium.
South Carolina got the big hit from junior catcher Grayson Greiner, who blasted a walk-off grand slam over the left field wall with two outs.
The Vols were led by the bottom of the order in game two as Johnny Youngblood led the way with his first career three-hit game. Youngblood laid down three bunt singles, beating out the throw to first each time. Taylor Smart was 2-for-3 with a RBI double. Scott Price was 1-for-4 with two RBI, and Columbia, S.C., native David Houser was 1-for-4.
Freshman right-hander Hunter Martin (2-1) had a solid outing for the Vols, giving up just one earned run and three total runs over 5 1/3 innings.
Tennessee, one of the nation's top fielding teams this season, made three costly errors in the game, including one in the ninth inning.
A leadoff walk to Nick Senzel got the Vols going in the second inning of game two. Will Maddox then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the freshman into scoring position. The Vols then ripped four hits in a row – a RBI double from Smart, a RBI single from Nathaniel Maggio, a double from Houser and a perfectly-placed suicide squeeze bunt by Youngblood – to take a 3-0 lead on the Gamecocks.
South Carolina cut the Vols' lead in half in the fourth and fifth innings. The Gamecocks had three singles in the fourth and two in the fifth to plate three runs and cut UT's lead to 6-3. South Carolina scored one in the fourth and two in the fifth. The Vols helped the Gamecocks' cause in the fifth, as Price dropped a fly ball on the right in right field.
In the opener, the Gamecocks also won game one of the series on a walk-off home run as Jordan Gore sent a solo shot over the right-field fence in the bottom of the 14th to open the action on Saturday. The series opener was suspended in a 2-2 tie after 11 innings due to rain on Friday night and concluded prior to game two on Saturday.