South Carolina picked up its first series sweep over the weekend as the Gamecocks beat Albany all three games to improve their record to 5-1 on the young season.
The Gamecocks were rained out on Friday afternoon forcing a Sunday double-header following Saturday's contest.
South Carolina's star of the weekend was LB Dantzler. Dantzler knocked in 10 RBIs in three games, including two home runs. Dantzler's weekend performance was 9-of-13 improving his batting average on the season to .546.
The Gamecocks also pitched their first no-hitter since March 1975. The performance in the first game of Sunday's double-header saw Colby Holmes, Forrest Koumas and Josh Knab combine to keep Albany hitless and record USC's seventh no-hitter in school history.
Here's a quick rundown of each game from this past weekend:
- Saturday - 8-3 (W) - South Carolina got five RBIs from LB Dantzler while outfield Graham Saiko reached base in all five attempts to lead the way for the Gamecocks in the opening series victory. Jordan Montgomery picked up the win by going five innings on the day with five strikeouts, two walks and allowed two runs on five hits. Curt Britt picked up the save for USC by going four innings giving up just two hits and striking out three while walking none.
- Sunday - 14-1 (W) - The Gamecocks pitched their first no-hitter since 1975 behind the arms of Colby Holmes, Forrest Koumas and Josh Knab. The pitchers combined for just four strike outs on the day while walking four and gave up one run total. South Carolina's hitters picked up 15 hits on the day with LB Dantzler adding four RBIs to his already impressive weekend total. Chase Vergason added three RBIs on three hits and Max Schrock and Graham Saiko added two RBIs a piece.
- Sunday - 6-4 (W) - The Gamecocks got off to a hot start with three runs across the plate in the first inning to build themselves a comfortable lead. Nolan Belcher picked it up from there by giving up just two runs on eight hits in six innings of work to pick up his first win of the season. Tyler Webb picked up his second save of the year when he recorded the game's final two outs. LB Dantzler continued his hot hitting by finishing the day 3-of-4 with one RBI to bring his weekend total to 10 RBIs. Max Schrock was the only other Gamecock to have multiple hits and finished the day with a 2-of-4 line with one RBI.
The series victory for South Carolina brings their record to 5-1 where they will return to Carolina Stadium on Tuesday for a matchup with Furman. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on GamecocksOnline.com.