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The third-ranked University of South Carolina baseball team swept Elon over the weekend – improving to 6-0 on the season.

The two-time defending national champions blanked the Phoenix (formerly the “fighting Christians”) 6-0 on Sunday behind the pitching of junior Colby Holmes – who tossed 5.2 scoreless innings. USC’s arms  dominated this series – giving up just seven hits and one earned run over 27 innings.

“I’m happy with pitching staff overall,” USC coach Ray Tanner said. “Having the experience we have in (Michael) Roth, (Matt) Price and Holmes and the confidence we have in our guys coming out of the bullpen. Are they untouchable? Are they 1st round draft picks? That’s probably not the case however they are very good college pitchers with experience, so they will give you a chance if you play pretty good defense behind them.”

Roth won the deciding game in last year’s College World Series, while Price tied a school record by picking up his 20th save of the season in the championship clincher.

The Gamecocks return to action at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, welcoming the Presbyterian Blue Hose to Carolina Stadium. This weekend, they play arch-rival Clemson in a three-game, cross-state series that begins in Charleston, S.C. and moves its way up Interstate 26.

Stay tuned for more info on that series – and the latest national rankings from Baseball America – later today.

Pic: USC

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