South Carolina beats Clemson 8-0 to win series

Clemson catcher Garrett Boulware visits pitcher Scott Firth during the game against the University of South Carolina at Carolina Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina, Sunday, March 3, 2013. South Carolina beat Clemson, 8-0. (Jeff Blake/The State/MCT)

COLUMBIA – Unless Clemson and South Carolina meet in the NCAA tournament, the Tigers streak of struggles against the Gamecocks will continue for another year.

USC won 8-0 on Sunday afternoon at Carolina Stadium to win the three-game traveling series, two games to one. USC won Friday in Clemson, and the Tigers won Saturday in Greenville

USC got five runs in the sixth inning, all with two outs, to stretch its lead to 6-0. The Gamecocks’ starting pitcher, Nolan Belcher, threw a complete game and allowed three hits and no walks while striking out seven.

Clemson last won a season series over USC in 2006, three games to one. Since then, USC has won six series and the teams tied once, in 2009.

In 2010, the first year of the traveling series, Clemson won the regular season series, two to one, but USC took two games from the Tigers in the College World Series.

USC is now 20-8 against the Tigers since the start of the 2007 season, including 8-3 since the start of 2011. The Tigers have not defeated USC in back-to-back games since 2002, and have lost five straight games in Columbia dating to 2010.