Monday, April 23, 2007

Lynn Pitches complete game Shutout of $th Ranked South Carolina

Courtesy: University of Mississippi

Lance Lynn comes off the mound after striking out the final batter in a complete-game shutout of No. 4 USC.

OXFORD, Miss. – Sophomore right-hander Lance Lynn tossed a complete-game shutout with a career-high 12 strikeouts on Sunday to pitch No. 19 Ole Miss (27-14, 10-7 SEC) to a 6-0 win over fourth-ranked South Carolina (30-10, 9-8 SEC) on Saturday.

It was the fifth double-digit strikeout performance of the season for Lynn who tossed his second complete-game of the season. Lynn (4-3) held the Gamecocks to only three hits on the afternoon with two walks to go along with the 12 strikeouts.

Arik Hempy (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season as he gave up two runs on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work.

Logan Power led the Rebels at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance, including an RBI and a run scored as eight Rebels notched hits on the afternoon. Ole Miss out hit South Carolina 9-to-3 on the day. Zack Cozart extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the first inning.

“It was great to go out and claim the series today against such a quality opponent in South Carolina,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “Lance Lynn was tremendous and that was the best stuff I have seen from him all year. We had some good at bats, but Lance was just dominant today.”

After a pitching duel through the first four and a half innings, Ole Miss got things started in the fifth with a single down the right field line from Ketchum to drive in Zach Miller from second. Miller singled up the middle before moving to second on a single through the right side from Kyle Mills. Fuller Smith then entered the game to run for Mills before Ketchum hit the chopper down the line to score Miller and move Smith to third. Brett Basham came up with a sac fly to center field to push Smith across the plate from third and gave the Rebels a 2-0 lead.

South Carolina looked to rally with two outs in the seventh when Phil Disher struck out swinging but reached base safely on a wild pitch. He then moved to second on another wild pitch before Lynn got out of the inning by getting Trent Kline to ground out to short.

The Rebels extended the lead in the eighth when Ole Miss took advantage of four hits and three Gamecock errors to move out to a 6-0 lead. Brett Basham reached on a throwing error by the third baseman before Jordan Henry laid down a bunt single and moved to third on a throwing error from the pitcher that allowed Basham to score and sparked the big inning for the Rebels.

Lynn then held the Gamecocks off the board in the top of the ninth to preserve the shutout and pickup the series clinching win for the Rebels.

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