June 3, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The South Carolina Gamecocks remained unbeaten in the Charlottesville Regional with an 8-2 win Saturday night over Virginia before a Davenport Field record crowd of 3,196. The Gamecocks used a five-run third inning, capped by Phil Disher's grand slam, to take a lead they would never surrender.
Disher went 1 for 3 with 4 RBIs and Justin Smoak went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs to lead the South Carolina offense. Tim Henry went 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead Virginia.
Harris Honeycutt went six innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits to get the win for South Carolina, improving his record to 6-0 on the season. Andrew Cruse worked three innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits to pick up his third save of the year. Sean Doolittle took the loss for the Cavaliers, dropping his record to 11-2.
The Gamecocks broke open a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Kyle Paxton led off the inning with a single. After Cheyne Hurst bunted him to second, Reese Havens walked. James Darnell popped up to the shortstop for the second out of the inning. Chris Brown gave South Carolina the lead as he hit an RBI single to center to score Paxton. Brown advanced to second on an error on the play, and Smoak was intentionally walked to load the bases. Disher took advantage of that by hitting a grand slam to left center field to make the score 5-0. It was Disher's third home run of the season.
The Cavaliers got on the board in the top of the fifth. Jeremy Farrell led of by reaching on a two-base error on the centerfielder. Beau Seabury hit a line-drive single past the shortstop to give Virginia runners on first and third with no outs. After Greg Miclat struck-out, Tim Henry drove in Farrell with a single up the middle.
South Carolina answered in the bottom of the fifth inning. Darnell and Brown led off the innings with walks before Smoak hit an RBI single to plate Darnell. Michael Schwimer came in to pitch for the Cavaliers and retired the Gamecocks without any other runs scoring in the inning.
The Gamecocks tacked on another run in the bottom of the seventh as Darnell doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Smoak's single.
South Carolina added a run in the bottom of the eighth. Hurst singled and was driven in as Darnell hit a ball that was misplayed by the Cavalier shortstop.
Virginia will play Evansville in an elimination game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The winner will play South Carolina at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for Sunday's games will be available beginning at 11 a.m. at Davenport Field and available overnight online at www.virginiasports.com.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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