Pete Igel's Family Honored at Annual Swim Meet (Image 1)
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Jordan Montgomery twirled a four-hit shutout and the South
Carolina offense parlayed eight hits, nine walks and five stolen bases into
eight runs, as the Gamecocks cruised to an 8-0 win over North Carolina in Game 2
of the best-of-3 Super Regional Series at Boshamer Stadium on Sunday

Montgomery (6-1) was spectacular all day as he tossed the
first complete game of his career, walking one while fanning three. Despite
three fielding errors by the Gamecock infielders, only four Tar Heel runners
advanced as far as second base and none reached third. He threw 121 pitches
while quieting a record attendance crowd of 4,365.

With the win, the
Gamecocks improved to 43-19 on the season while top-seeded North Carolina
dropped to 56-10.

Montgomery, a sophomore lefthander, has been
outstanding in his four starts over two seasons in the NCAA Tournament for the
Garnet & Black. He is 4-0 with a 0.59 ERA, surrendering just two runs on 15
hits over 30.2 innings. He has allowed just three walks while fanning 26 batters
in posting wins over Clemson and Arkansas in 2012 and Liberty and North Carolina
in 2013.

The Gamecocks got all the runs they would need when they sent
nine batters to the plate in a five-run second inning. Max Schrock led off the
frame with a double down the first-base line and advanced to third on TJ
Costen's ground out. After Kyle Martin coaxed a walk on a 10-pitch at-bat,
Tanner English pushed a bunt single to first, scoring Schrock with the game's
first run. After Graham Saiko's flyout advanced Martin to third, English stole
second. Chase Vergason walked to load the bases. Joey Pankake delivered a key
two-out, two-run double just inside the left field line, putting the Gamecocks
on top 3-0. LB Dantzler capped the uprising with a two-run single to right,
extending the lead to five and sending Tar Heel starter Hobbs Johnson to an
early shower. Johnson (4-1) was tagged with the loss, his first in five
decisions this season.

The Gamecocks extended their lead in the fourth
without the benefit of a hit. North Carolina right-hander Reilly Hovis walked
Saiko and Vergason to open the inning. Both runners advanced on Pankake's
chopper in front of the plate. Dantzler was walked intentionally, then Greiner
walked, forcing in Saiko with the Gamecocks' sixth run. Taylore Cherry replaced
Hovis and worked out of the bases loaded jam, getting an infield pop out and a
strikeout, to avoid any further damage.

South Carolina used its speed to
add a pair of runs in the fifth. English singled to deep short with one out and
promptly stole second. After Saiko walked, both runners advanced on a double
steal, giving English a career-high three stolen bases on the day. He entered
the game with just six stolen bases on the season. Vergason hit a deep sacrifice
fly to right, scoring English and sending Saiko to third. Third baseman Colin
Moran was unable to handle Pankake's bouncer for an error, scoring Saiko and
putting the Gamecocks comfortably ahead 8-0.

That was more than enough
for Montgomery, who was aided by a tremendous diving catch by English in center
field, robbing Skye Bolt of extra bases leading off the ninth inning. Sunday's
shutout marked the first time North Carolina has been shut out in 96 straight

The rubber game of the series will be played Monday. Game time and
television network will be determined Sunday evening. The Gamecocks are expected
to send freshman left-hander Jack Wynkoop (7-3, 2.92 ERA) to the hill. He will
be opposed by Tar Heel right-hander Benton Moss (8-1, 3.78 ERA). The winner will
advance to the College World Series, which will begin Saturday, June 15, in
Omaha, Neb.

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