Sophomore right-hander Adam Hill allowed just one run on one hit in five-plus innings of work and freshman outfielder Carlos Cortes hit his sixth homer of the year and knocked in three runs as 21st ranked South Carolina defeated sixth ranked Kentucky 5-1 on Saturday evening at Founders Park to even the series. The Gamecocks are 25-16 and 10-10 in the SEC with Kentucky 30-14 and 13-7 in league play.
Hill was solid all afternoon as he struck out six and walked three to earn the victory. He is now 3-3 on the year. Junior right-hander Tyler Johnson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief with no walks and one strikeout to earn his seventh save of the year. Kentucky left-hander Zach Logue suffered the loss and is now 5-4 on the season. He allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits in 2.2 innings with two walks and one strikeout.
South Carolina took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Riley Hogan singled to right field and Ross Grosvenor reached on a fielding error by Kentucky shortstop Connor Heady to put runners on first and third for Madison Stokes, who knocked in the Gamecocks’ first run with a single to left field.
The Gamecocks added three runs in the bottom of the third. Justin Row reached on fielding error by Kentucky third baseman Tyler Marshall to open the frame and Carlos Cortes put two on the board when he belted a homer to right field. Jonah Bride drew a walk and Jacob Olson singled to right field to give the Gamecocks runners on the corners for Grosvenor, who brought in another run with a single through the left side.
Kentucky’s first hit of the game came in the top of the fourth thanks to a solo shot by Marshall, his first of the season, cutting Carolina’s lead to 4-1.
Cortes earned his third RBI of the day in the bottom of the sixth inning with a double to right field to score TJ Hopkins.
-per South Carolina athletics