COLUMBIA, S.C. - Just three days after posting a 1-0 shutout of rival Mississippi State, Ole Miss (20-14, 6-7 SEC) found itself on the losing end of a pitcher's duel as No. 7 South Carolina (28-7, 10-3 SEC) defeated the Rebels 1-0 on Friday night.
It was a game to be expected from the top two defensive teams in the SEC in fielding percentage. South Carolina has not committed an error in the field in 12 consecutive games, while the Rebels moved into a tie for first in the nation in double plays turned with 46 on the season at the end of the game.
Craig Rodriguez (1-1) pitched his second complete game of the season in as many appearances as he gave up one run, a solo home run in the third, while scattering five hits across eight innings. The southpaw walked one and struck out three on the night.
Mike Cisco (5-0) picked up the win for the Gamecocks as he held the Rebels to three hits while walking none and striking out eight. Wynn Pelzer picked up his third save of the season as he closed out the game in the ninth, inheriting a Rebel runner at first but holding the Rebels in check the rest of the way.
Justin Brashear, Evan Button and C.J. Ketchum recorded the three hits for the Rebels on the night. Ian Paxton, the Gamecock catcher, was the only player to notch more than one hit on the night as he went 2-for-3 at the plate.
It marked the first time Ole Miss has played in back-to-back 1-0 games.
South Carolina got on the board in the bottom of the third with a solo home run from Andrew Crisp that went over the fence in left center.
Ole Miss attempted to rally in the ninth when Evan Button led off the inning with a single. Justin Henry laid down a bunt, reaching on a fielder's choice as Button was called out at second in a close play. The Rebels couldn't get back into it as Pelzer then struck out Ketchum and got Coghlan to ground out back to the mound to end the game.
Ole Miss and South Carolina will face off again at 3 p.m. CST at Sarge-Frye Field. The game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net.
Rebels fall 1-0 to USC
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