May 15, 2004
Columbia, S.C. - Tennessee's Craig Cobb hurled his third straight complete game but it wasn't enough as Hank Parks slugged a two-run home run to power the South Carolina Gamecocks past the Volunteers 2-0 before a crowd of 4,502 at Sarge Frye Field. The series finale is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Seventh-ranked South Carolina won its sixth straight game and fourth consecutive series to improve to 38-13 and 15-11 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee, ranked 23rd, dropped its season-high fifth straight decision to fall to 34-18 and 12-14 in league play.
Cobb (3-2) became the first Vol pitcher since R.A. Dickey in 1996 to throw three consecutive complete games. The freshman walk-on struck out a season-high seven while limiting the Gamecocks to six hits and one walk.
After retiring 12 of the first 13 batters he faced, Cobb was touched for two runs in the fifth. Parks' two-run home run, his sixth of the season, highlighted the inning as Steve Pearce got the frame started by lining a double off the wall in left before advancing to third on a sacrifice. Cobb would strike out four of the next six hitters before giving up two hits in the eighth.
Aaron Rawl (10-3) was just a little bit better as he twirled a two-hit complete game, facing just two batters over the minimum as he struck out seven and walked one. It was his first complete game of the season.
Rawl was touched for a first inning single by Alex Suarez and then Eli Iorg slapped a hard hit ball up the middle in the fourth. That would be all Rawl would allow as he retired 10 straight batters following a walk to Josh Alley who was erased on a double play in the sixth.
The game lasted 1 hour and 42 minutes, becoming the fastest nine-inning contest in Tennessee history.