Originally created 05/15/00

Gamecocks end season with win

South Carolina's baseball team ended its most successful regular season ever with an 11-7 victory Sunday in Columbia over Tennessee. The win was the Gamecocks 50th in 56 games. South Carolina also broke Tennessee's Southeastern Conference record for wins.

Tennessee took a 5-4 lead in the top of the fifth inning. But in the bottom of the fifth, Marcos Rios and Chris Plummer both hit two-run homers to put the Gamecocks up 8-5.


Jason Dill went 3-for-4 and Aaron Sobieraj had an RBI single in the third inning, helping Florida beat Georgia.

The Gators (38-20-1, 18-11-1 Southeastern Conference) closed the regular season with a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs. Both teams qualified for the SEC baseball tournament, which begins Wednesday.

Former Greenbrier standout Mark Thornhill went 3-for-4, and Josh Hudson finished 3-for-5 for Georgia.


Danny Borrell and Carlos Brackley each went 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead the No. 14 Demon Deacons (38-16-1, 14-10 ACC) over the third-ranked Yellow Jackets (42-14, 18-6 ACC).

Borrell also was the winning pitcher, throwing 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on 10 hits and striking out six. Ben Sheeter pitched 3 2/3 innings and took the loss for the Jackets, who wrapped up the ACC regular-season title on Saturday with a 20-10 victory over Wake Forest.


Picking up the game in the sixth inning after rain postponed Saturday's game, Virginia posted its second shutout of the season by blanking the Tigers 11-0. In the second game of the three-game series, Clemson pounded the Cavaliers 20-9. The Tigers scored all their runs in the first five innings.

Clemson wraps up regular-season play with a 42-14, 17-7 ACC record, while Virginia finished 24-29-1, 10-14 ACC. The two teams go back at it again in the ACC tournament Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Fort Mill, S.C.. Clemson is the No. 2 seed while Virginia is No. 7.


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