CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Freshman Mike Cisco pitched a six-hitter for the first complete game of his career Saturday, leading South Carolina past Evansville, 4-2, in the opener of the Charlottesville Regional for both teams.
Cisco (7-4) walked four and struck out four for South Carolina (38-22). He allowed one run in the ninth, then got the last two outs with the tying runs on base.
Justin Smoak and Trent Kline each went 2-for-3 for the Gamecocks, with Smoak driving in a pair of runs and Kline scoring a pair and driving in another.
The Gamecocks went ahead for good in the bottom of the first. Kline doubled with one out against Adam Rogers (7-5), took third on an error and scored on Smoak's sacrifice fly. The pair teamed up again to make it 2-0 in the fifth when Kline was hit by a pitch with two outs, moved up on an error and scored on Smoak's single.
Trailing 4-1, the Purple Aces (40-21) rallied in the ninth. Pat Tumilty walked with one out, took second on a single by Robbie Minor and scored on Zelenovich's single.
But Cisco got Kyle Smith to ground to short and pinch-hitter Jeff Fontaine to fly to right to end it, putting the Gamecocks in the winner's bracket against Virginia.