South Carolina Blitz Hogs, 10-1

South Carolina's Gary Bell struck out a career-high 13 and tossed his first complete game of the season as the Gamecocks cruised to a 10-1 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Wednesday night.

The Razorbacks dropped to 30-25 overall and will now play Auburn at 1 p.m. in an elimination game. Arkansas will start Gary Hogan, Jr., who is 4-6 on the year with a 4.72 earned run average. The Tigers will send Levale Speigner to the mound. Speigner is 7-6 this season and has a 4.72 ERA.

Charlie Isaacson (4-7) took the loss for the Razorbacks after going six and one-third innings allowing seven runs, six earned, on seven hits. Isaacson fanned five and walked three in the loss.

Bell moved to 9-3 after allowing one run, earned, on six hits in going nine innings. Bell threw 133 pitches with 89 for strikes.

The Gamecocks wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, putting up a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Drew Meyer singled and scored on Steve Thomas' triple to left field. Thomas came around to score on Brian Buscher's single for a 2-0 South Carolina lead.

The Gamecocks added to their lead in the third. Meyer singled and moved to second when Isaacson walked Thomas with no outs. Isaacson then forced Buscher to ground out to move the runners to second and third. After Garris Gonce struck out for the second out of the inning, Trey Dyson hit a single to shallow left to plate Meyer and Thomas to push the Gamecocks to a 4-0 lead.

South Carolina made it a 6-0 game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Garris Gonce crushed a two-run home run over the left field wall. The dinger marked the first time this season Isaacson had allowed more than four runs in any start.

Bell was in control throughout the game, as he scattered three hits over six innings. The Razorbacks best scoring opportunity came in the fifth inning when Nick Pitts and Cody Clark each singled to give the Hogs runners on second and third with no outs. But, Pitts was thrown out attempting to steal third and Bell fanned Brett Hagedorn and Scott Hode to end the inning.

The Hogs got on the scoreboard in the seventh inning. Ryan Fox singled and advanced to third after a pair of wild pitches by Bell. With one out, Cody Clarklaced a single to left to score Fox and cut the deficit to 6-1.

The Gamecocks exploded in the seventh with four runs to take a 10-1 lead. South Carolina took advantage of a pair of errors by Razorback third baseman Jeff Fletcher and a pair of doubles to push four runs across in the inning. The Gamecocks chased starter Charlie Isaacson who was replaced by Scott Woods.

Bell set the Razorbacks down in the eighth and gave up a one-out single in the ninth before striking out Fox and Pitts to end the game.

Clark led the Hogs offensively, going 3-for-3 with an RBI.


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