COLLEGE BASEBALL - Gamecocks tie series with Auburn with shutout win
COLUMBIA - Reid Morgan and Brett Kerry pitched nine solid innings and the University of South Carolina used a solo home run from Ian Jenkins and manufactured three runs in the sixth to shut out Auburn 4-0 Saturday at Founders Park.
Morgan pitched 7-plus scoreless frames and allowed 5 hits and 1 walk to go with 4 strikeouts. Kerry got the final 6 outs of the game, striking out a pair.
South Carolina got on the board in the 2nd as Jenkins laced a solo home run to the Auburn bullpen, his 4th of the season. The Gamecocks then scored 3 runs without a hit in the 6th. Walks to Jacob Olson and Luke Berryhill started the frame. Chris Cullen moved both runners up on a sacrifice bunt and Brady Allen walked to load the bases. Jenkins hit a comebacker that was knocked down by Auburn pitcher Elliott Anderson, but his throw to 1st was wild, allowing 2 runs to score. Allen then scored on a passed ball for the 4th run of the game.
Auburn got a runner to 3rd in three separate innings, but Morgan ended the 1st and 4th with fly outs and the 6th with a ground out. George Callil had 2 of South Carolina's 4 hits on the day, while Jenkins drove in a pair of runs.
The rubber match of the 3-game series starts at noon Sunday at Founders Park and will air on the SEC Network.