Carolina tops Dawgs 13-3

COLUMBIA - Travis Jones hit a pair of three-run home runs to lead seventh-ranked South Carolina to a 13-3 win over Georgia Thursday in front of 4,764 fans at Sarge Frye Field.

The Gamecocks (39-15, 16-12 SEC) built a 5-0 lead by the second inning off Bulldog ace Stephen Dodson. In the first, Jones (3-for-4, 6 RBI) led off with an infield hit. Third baseman James Darnell (3-for-5, 2 RBI) lined a double to left to bring Jones home. Later in the frame, Darnell scored after a couple of groundouts. In the second, Steven Reinhold and Reese Havens reached with a pair of two-out singles and then Jones flipped a one-handed line drive to centerfield that carried over the wall for a three-run shot. For Jones, it was his 17th home run of the season and made it 5-0.

Georgia (22-32, 10-18 SEC) got on the board in the sixth. With one out, sophomore Gordon Beckham collected his team-leading 19th double and then went to third on a wild pitch. Freshman first baseman Rich Poythress followed with a run-scoring single to make it 5-1. Junior right fielder Matt Olson added a single but then USC starter Mike Cisco struck out Matt Robbins and got Travis Parrot to ground out to maintain a four-run advantage. The Bulldogs finished the night 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. USC got the run back and then some in its half of the sixth. A sacrifice fly by Havens made it 6-1 and Jones stepped up with another two-out, three-run home run off Dodson.

In the seventh, sophomore Miles Starr reached with a one-out base hit. Then, junior Ryan Peisel smashed his fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot that closed the gap to 9-3. Bulldog freshman Alex McRee pitched an impressive inning in the bottom of the frame, striking out the side. However in the eighth, USC added four runs on three hits off of Iain Sebastian and Steve Esmonde for the final margin.

"Tonight, we fell behind early and took a long time to get going offensively," said Georgia coach David Perno. "They kept the momentum and got the big hits to lead to some big innings. They have a great lineup, there's no easy outs. We have to regroup and bounce back Friday."

Cisco got the win to improve to 5-2 as he pitched eight innings, scattering seven hits and three runs with a walk and five strikeouts. Dodson dropped to 4-6, allowing a season-high nine runs on nine hits in six innings. He entered the game leading the league in ERA at 2.76 but saw it jump to 3.56.

The series continues Friday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will start sophomore left-hander Nathan Moreau (5-2, 4.46 ERA) while USC counters with junior left-hander Arik Hempy (5-1, 1.62 ERA).


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