COLUMBIA - Adam Hill allowed just one run on one hit in 5-plus innings of work and Carlos Cortes hit his sixth homer of the year and knocked in three runs as 21st-ranked South Carolina defeated sixth-ranked Kentucky 5-1 on Saturday at Founders Park to even the series.
The Gamecocks are 25-16 and 10-10 in the SEC with Kentucky 30-14 and 13-7 in league play.
Hill (3-3) was solid all afternoon as he struck out six and walked three to earn the victory. Junior right-hander Tyler Johnson pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief with no walks and one strikeout to earn his seventh save of the year.
South Carolina took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Riley Hogan singled to right field and Ross Grosvenor reached on a fielding error to put runners on first and third for Madison Stokes, who knocked in the Gamecocks' first run with a single to left field.
The Gamecocks added three runs in the bottom of the third. Justin Row reached on fielding error and Cortes plated two when he belted a homer to right field. Jonah Bride drew a walk and Jacob Olson singled to right field to give the Gamecocks runners on the corners for Grosvenor, who brought in another run with a single through the left side.
Kentucky's first hit came in the top of the fourth thanks to a solo shot by Marshall, cutting Carolina's lead to 4-1.
Cortes earned his third RBI of the day in the bottom of the sixth inning with a double to right field to score TJ Hopkins.
On Friday, Kentucky scored runs in seven of nine innings at the plate on the way to a 19-1 win over USC.
North Carolina 5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Third-ranked North Carolina scored four runs in the eighth inning to rally for a 5-4 win over No. 3 Clemson on Saturday at Boshamer Stadium.
The Tigers (34-10, 16-7 ACC) struck first with three runs in the top of the second inning. Robert Jolly hit the first of his two doubles to score a run, then Clemson added two more runs on a passed ball and Jordan Greene's sacrifice fly. The Tar Heels (35-9, 18-5 ACC) responded with a run in the bottom of the second inning on Tyler Lynn's RBI double.
Seth Beer lofted a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning to give Clemson a 4-1 lead, but North Carolina scored four runs on five straight 1-out singles in the bottom of the eighth inning. Zack Gahagan's sacrifice fly plated the go-ahead run.
Brett Daniels (4-0) earned the win, while Josh Hiatt recorded his 13th save of the season. Ryley Gilliam (2-1) suffered the loss.
On Friday, pinch-hitter Michael Busch's 3-run double with two outs in the seventh inning broke a 1-1 tie and lifted UNC to a 5-1 victory over the Tigers.
Tiger starter and former Sumter High and Sumter P-15's standout Charlie Barnes (4-3) suffered the loss, as he surrendered four hits, four runs and two walks with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Barnes did not allow a Tar Heel to advance past first base until the seventh inning.
Sears strikes out six, but Citadel falls to Furman 4-2
GREENVILLE - Former Wilson Hall standout JP Sears (4-2) struck out six over seven innings, but also allowed four earned runs on seven hits as Furman defeated The Citadel 4-2 on Friday.
Sears walked just one, but allowed home runs in the fourth and sixth innings as the Paladins came away with the victory.