May 14, 2004
Columbia, S.C. - Brendan Winn's RBI single in the eighth inning, combined with Matt Campbell's complete game effort lifted the South Carolina Gamecocks to a 2-1 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers before a crowd of 4478 at Sarge Frye Field. Game two of the series is Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
The seventh-ranked Gamecocks (37-13, 14-11 SEC) got to Tennessee starter Luke Hochevar in the eighth as Kevin Melillo singled to right and Landon Powell drew a walk. Scot Drucker replaced Hochevar (3-2) who turned in a solid performance by striking out nine in 7 1/3 innings, giving up five hits with four walks. Winn then lined a hit up the middle scoring Melillo who scored on an uncontested throw.
It was South Carolina's fourth straight come from behind win, defeating Auburn, North Carolina and The Citadel in its previous three contests.
Campbell (8-3) twirled his third complete game of the season as he struck out nine while limiting the 23rd-ranked Vols (34-17, 12-13 SEC) to four hits, including two by Josh Alley. Kyle Norrid and Nick Crowe had the other two hits.
Campbell, who gave up three hits in the first two innings, saw just two runners reach base the rest of the way on an error in the fifth and Alley's second hit in the eighth.
Hochevar was just as impressive as he struck out the side in the fifth, while giving up just two hits in the fourth.
The loss was the fourth in a row for Tennessee and third straight by one run.
The teams started the game by trading single runs in the first. Tennessee scratched for a run in the top half of the frame as Alley scored on a bases loaded ground out by Chris Kemp, while Steven Tolleson scored for South Carolina on a passed ball with the bases loaded.