Montgomery, Gamecocks get over first hump vs. Camels

uscbase-montgomerywhiteBehind another stellar postseason performance from starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery, top-seeded South Carolina won its 28th straight home NCAA Tournament game, defeating fourth-seeded Campbell, 5-2, on Friday in the Columbia Regional in front of a Carolina Stadium crowd of 7,382.

With the win, the Gamecocks (43-16) advance to Saturday’s winner’s bracket game against No. 2 seed Maryland. South Carolina improves its postseason record at Carolina Stadium to 17-0.

Montgomery (8-5) gave up two runs on five hits and matched his season high with nine strikeouts in eight innings of work. He is now 5-0 in NCAA Tournament games and has a postseason ERA of 0.93. The victory was the 20th of Montgomery’s career, making him the 22nd Gamecock to reach the mark.

Offensively, South Carolina recorded 11 hits, the 31st time it has reached double digits in hits this season. Sophomore shortstop Marcus Mooney and sophomore designated hitter Max Schrock led the way with three hits apiece, while freshman left fielder Gene Cone added two hits. Mooney and junior Kyle Martin also drove in two runs each.

Campbell (40-20) finished the night with six hits, including a 2-for-4 effort from center fielder Matt Nadolski and a solo home run from Seth LaRue.

Camels’ starting pitcher Heath Bowers (10-4) picked up the loss after surrendering three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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