KNOXVILLE, TENN. - Junior left-hander Jack Wynkoop pitched 8.1 scoreless innings and allowed just seven hits as South Carolina defeated Tennessee 4-0 on Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 26-17 and 9-10 in the SEC with Tennessee dropping to 16-21 and 5-14 in league play.
Wynkoop was masterful as he limited the Volunteers to just seven hits and one walk while striking out five batters to earn the win and improve to 6-4 on the year. Tennessee starter Andy Cox suffered the loss and is 1-3 on the year. He allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits in 5.2 innings with five walks and six strikeouts.
South Carolina broke ahead 1-0 in the top of the first inning. Gene Cone led off the game with a bunt for a base hit, advanced to third base on DC Arendas' single to right field and scored on Max Schrock's sac fly to right-center.
The Gamecocks increased the lead to 3-0 in the second inning taking advantage of a Tennessee miscue to score a pair of runs. Connor Bright reached base with two outs on UT shortstop A.J. Simcox's throwing error. Logan Koch then followed with a two-run homer to right-center, his second home run of the season.
Carolina would tack on a run in the top of the seventh loading the bases with one out with Elliott Caldwell driving in DC Arendas with a RBI single to right field.
Gamecock senior right-hander Cody Mincey would retire the final two outs to seal the victory for Carolina.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on SEC Network +.