USC softball coach Beverly Smith spent 12 years as a UNC assistant before coming to Columbia
The Gamecocks huddle up before taking the field
Columbia, SC --- A two-out home run in the sixth from senior Laura Mendes and a great pitching performance that held the Tar Heels to two hits handed South Carolina a 1-0 victory over North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon at Beckham Field.
Mendes came up with two down in the inning and drove the 2-0 pitch onto the netting over the scoreboard in right center to hand the Gamecocks the lead. The senior collected two of South Carolina's five hits in the contest.
North Carolina's best chance to score came in the fifth, as Brittany Robinson led off the frame with a single. Pinch runner Amy Nece stole second and moved to third on Brittany McKinney's sacrifice bunt. But redshirt sophomore pitcher Audrey Broyles ended her day with a foul out and a strikeout of the two UNC pinch hitters to strand the runner at third.
Broyles went five innings and allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three in the start.
Gamecock senior April Borchardt (5-3) picked up the win, tossing the final two and allowing just one hit while fanning one.
The win snapped a two-game South Carolina losing streak in the series against their northern rivals and gave Gamecock head coach Beverly Smith her first win over her alma mater.