WARNER ROBINS -- For the second straight game, South Carolina dug itself into an early hole.
This time, it was able to climb back out.
But not for long.
Tennessee watched South Carolina tie the game in the top of the third, but answered an inning later with 10 runs to take a 14-4 win Monday in the Little League Baseball Southeastern Regional Tournament.
Tennessee improved 2-1 in Pool A play and advanced to Wednesdays semifinals. South Carolina dropped to 1-2 and into a consolation game Tuesday.
After two innings, a 10-run game didnt seem improbable.
We thought we had it at 4-0, Tennessee manager Joey Hale said. Man, they just got on a roll.
South Carolina reeled off four hits in a row en route to tying it up at 4.
They really werent down, South Carolina manager John Ecton said of his team. We were fine, we felt fine only four down.
Once we came back, everybodys good and pumped back up.
South Carolina pitcher Jacquez Geter retained the momentum with an efficient bottom of the third, but his teams offense again was quiet in the fourth. And then the same defensive and pitching issues that hurt South Carolina in Saturdays 12-2 loss to Virginia re-emerged.
Geter just petered out, Ecton said. He was going the distance. He just looked like he was getting a little tired, and hed been through the lineup a couple times. They figured it out a little bit.
Geter left after a walk, RBI double from Jake Rucker, groundout and walk, trailing 5-4. Relief pitchers Jake Benoit and Kyle Ecton then just couldnt find the plate.
Benoit lasted three batters: a hit batter, walk and error, while Ecton came on and walked his first two batters, with a wild pitch and passed ball in the mix.
Robert Brown eventually ended it early with a single to left, Tennessee scoring 10 runs on just three hits, aided by six walks.
Just had problems, John Ecton said of his bullpen. Couldnt find the zone. Thats what happens.