Schrock knocks Volunteers as USC wins opener 5-4

Dantzler plates run in ninth inning to break tense tie game

The (Knoxville) News SentinelApril 6, 2013 

South Carolina's Max Schrock

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

— South Carolina’s Max Schrock made Tennessee pay for a fielding mistake in the top of the ninth inning, blasting a go-ahead RBI double off the center-field wall to steal a game the Vols looked poised to take for much of the evening Friday.

LB Dantzler led off the inning with a ground ball hit to Vols third baseman Will Maddox. But the ball spun away from the normally sure-handed Maddox.

Despite South Carolina starter Nolan Belcher issuing three walks after not allowing one during a 47-inning span, Tennessee dropped a 5-4 decision to No. 15 South Carolina before a season-high crowd of 3,110.

“It was a good feeling,” Schrock said. “It was a fastball up in the zone, and I was trying not to do too much with it. I stuck the barrel out there and hit it good.”

After the score was tied at 2-2 for three innings, South Carolina (24-7, 6-4 SEC) regained a 4-2 lead in the eighth.

But Tennessee (13-15, 3-7) came surging back in the ensuing half inning.

Freshman outfielder Vincent Jackson flung a pitch to the right-field wall, ushering home Pierce Bily from first. But a South Carolina relay throw sailed toward the Tennessee dugout, scoring Jackson on an error and tying the score at 4-4.

Tennessee took a 2-1 lead in the third inning off a Scott Price RBI single.

As the Leesville native was announced over the public address system and he trotted toward home plate, even those donning garnet and black offered a few claps.

But Price made those fans reconsider moments later, pelting a liner to the left-field grass and later scoring on a Bily sac fly.

After the game, Vols coach Dave Serrano offered a smile drenched in disbelief when addressing a South Carolina bunt in the eighth.

With runners on first and second, South Carolina’s Grayson Greiner dropped a bunt that teetered along the first-base line. Vols catcher David Houser followed its path, waiting for it to roll foul before the dribbler died perfectly on the chalk line.

Moments later, reliever Eric Martin hit a batter to force in a run. South Carolina also scored on a wild pitch that inning.

Tyler Webb (1-1) earned the win in relief in 1 2/3 innings of work with one run allowed, unearned on one hit with a walk and four strikeouts.

Godley (2-3) earned the loss in relief.

“Our guys responded the right way and still had energy in the dugout (after the eighth inning),” USC coach Chad Holbrook said.

“Max got a big hit for us and Tyler Webb was special once again.”

USCTennessee
abrHbiabrhbi
Saiko lf 4011Maddox 3b 3100
Vergsn 3b 4011Simcox ss 4010
Pankke ss 4010Price 1b 5121
Dantzlr 1b 4100Stewart rf 4010
Bright rf 4000Bily cf 1101
Schrck 2b 2211Jackson dh 4111
Celek dh 3010Smart 2b 4000
Christn pr 0100Houser c 4000
Martin ph 1000Wormsley lf 1000
Greiner c 3120Bennett ph 1000
English cf 2001
Totals31574Totals3145 3

USC0101000215
Tennessee0020000204

E—Pankake (12); Maddox (7); Houser (4). DP—UT 1. LOB—S. Carolina 12; UT 8. 2B—Saiko (2); Pankake (4); Schrock (5); Jackson (3). HBP—Vergason; Maddox. SH—Bright (4); English (2); Simcox (5); Bily (4). SF—English (1). Reached on CI—Schrock.

USCIPHRERBBSO
Belcher 6.242232
Westmoreland 0.201111
Webb W,1-1 1.211014

TennesseeIPHRERBBSO
Quillen 3.132153
Cox 3.210012
Martin 0.122221
Saberhagen 0.200000
Godley L,2-3 111000

WP—Quillen 2 (8); Martin, E. (4). HBP—by Belcher (Maddox); by Martin, E. (Vergason). CI—Houser.

Umpires: HP: John Brammer 1B: Jeff Head 2B: Troy Fullwood 3B: Bryan Donnelly. T—2:57. A—3,110

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