KNOXVILLE, TENN.-- South Carolina freshman right-hander Forrest Koumas worked a career-high 7 1/3 innings and struck out a career-high seven batters and the Gamecocks rallied with two runs in the sixth inning to defeat Tennessee 2-1 to sweep a three-game SEC series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
After yielding a run in the first inning, Koumas (4-0) settled in and limited the Vols to just three hits and two walks. Sophomore right-hander Matt Price closed the game out with 1 1/3 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts to pick up his 10th save of the season and his third of the series.
Carolina was limited for most the afternoon but broke through in the sixth inning. Robert Beary singled to left field to open the frame, Peter Mooney also singled to left-center and Scott Wingo beat out a bunt for a base hit to load the bases. Jackie Bradley Jr. 's sacrifice fly to right field tied it up. On the play, Beary just beat a throw to the plate by right fielder Charley Thurber, a call protested by Vols head coach Todd Raleigh, who was ejected. With runners on second and third, Carolina took a 2-1 lead on Christian Walker's RBI single to right field.
Carolina is 26-5 and 10-2, while the loss dropped Tennessee to 19-13 and 2-10.