Yardbirds Win Again - 14 In A Row

South Carolina, the No. 3 team in the nation, completed a two-game sweep over Yale with a 9-2 victory Wednesday night before 1,812 at chilly Sarge Frye Field ...

USC is 14-0 heading into a three-game series at home this weekend against Delaware State.

Michael Campbell, who delivered a clutch two-run double Sunday at Clemson, smacked a three-run homer in the second inning and finishd with four RBI.

The Gamecocks scored single runs in the third, fifth, and seventh innings, and three runs in the sixth.

Jason Fletcher (6.2 IP, 7H, 5 K) and Arik Hempy (2.1 IP, 0 H, 5 K) combined to limit Yale to seven hits, 10 strikeouts and no walks.

USC pitchers have struckout 171 and walked only 16 in 125 innings thus far this season.

Yale had two-out singles in each of the first two innings off Fletcher but couldn't score.

After Landon Powell (3-for-4, 3 R, 1 RBI) singled and Brendan Winn (2-for-3, 2 R) doubled down the left field line to open the 2nd for USC, Campbell launched a three-run homer to right-center off the scoreboard with one out.

USC put two more runners on (walk to Hank Parks, infield single by Dave Cash) but the top of the Gamecocks order couldn't push the runners along.

In the top of the 3rd, Yale scored the first run in 14 innings against Fletcher this season. The Bulldogs used a leadoff double and two-out single to center to plate the run.

USC got the run back in the bottom of the 3rd. Singles by Powell and Ryan Mahoney put runners on the corners with two outs.

Campbell came through for the second consecutive time, bouncing a two-out single into right field, scoring Powell.

Fletcher found his groove starting with the 4th. He retired eight straight Yale batters before surrendering a one-out single in the 6th. Fletcher induced an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.

Winn scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 5th to give the Gamecocks a 5-1 lead. The Gamecocks broke it open with three runs in the 6th. Kevin Melillo (pinch hitting for Cash) and Mark Stanley led off the inning with singles. Melillo advanced to third on a flyout to right by Bryan Triplett.

Pearce struckout for the first time this season for the second out. Powell singled to right to score Melillo. It was Powell's third hit of the game, tying his season high.

Mahoney then delivered a two-run single to left, scoring Stanley and Powell, to expand USC's lead to 8-1.

USC made a rare miscue in the field when Winn dropped a flyball in the 7th. A pair of singles loaded the bases with no outs for the Bulldogs.

Yale scored a run on a sacrifice fly to center. Fletcher struckout the next batter before being replaced by the southpaw Hempy.

Hempy threw one pitch, getting a Yale pinch-hitter to foul out to Powell at first for the final out.

Seldom used reserve Steve Reinhold doubled in the 8th and advanced to third on a passed ball before scoring on a groundout by Stanley to give USC a 9-2 lead.

Hempy threw darts in the 8th, striking out the side on 11 pitches. He easily retired Yale in order in the 9th to complete the victory.

NOTES: USC had 14 hits Wed., the 12th time in 14 games this season the Gamecocks have reached double figures in hits. . .Landon Powell extended his hitting streak to 10 games. . .Michael Campbell tied his career high with four RBI. . .Mark Stanley made his first start of the season for USC in left field. . .Jason Fletcher pitched a season long 6.2 IP for USC. His previous longest outing was five innings. . Steve Pearce did not strikeout until his 53rd at-bat of the season. . .Arik Hempy struckout a season high five in 2.1 IP. He retired all 7 batters to face him. . .USC is 13-0 at home. USC hosts Delaware State this weekend. . .Bryan Triplett saw his 13-game hitting streak end with an 0-for-5 night. . .Billy Buckner, fresh off his 16-strikeout performance against Clemson, will start Friday against Delaware State.

YAL– 001 000 100 = 2-7-0
USC – 031 013 10x = 9-14-1

WP-Jason Fletcher (3-0)
LP-Chris Winkler
Save-None.
HR-USC, Michael Campbell (2nd, two on).

Next Game: Fri. 3/12 v. Delaware State, 7:00 p.m.

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