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Coastal Carolina vs. No. 2 South Carolina, game recap: Gamecocks blank Chanticleers 4-0

The Gamecocks earned their tenth shutout of the year with a win over the Chants.


South Carolina notched another win over an in-state team, topping Coastal Carolina 4-0 tonight.

After leaving two runners stranded in the first inning, the Gamecocks cashed in in the second. Brison Celek led off with a walk, DC Arendas singled, Logan Koch laid down a beaituiful sac bunt, and Marcus Mooney stroked a two-run doublr to put the home team up 2-0.

USC added an insurance run in the third inning, when Celek came through with a two-out RBI double. The Chanticleers threatened with the bases loaded in the fifth, but reliever Curt Britt got two strike outs to end the inning and leave the bases full.

The Gamecocks tacked on one more run in the bottom of the fifth, when it was Arendas' turn to get an RBI. That bumped the score 4-0, and both teams' bats were relatively quiet for the remainder of the game.

Starter Evan Beal had an impressive performance in his first game of the season. He worked four innings and allowed no hits, no runs, walked one player and struck out three. Britt did a very nice job as well, as he went three innings and gave up one hit, no runs, issued two walks and tallied four K's. He also got the win, his first of the season. Vince Fiori and Reed Scott also took the mound for Carolina.

Dalton Moats, Coastal's starter, lasted three innings and surrendered five hits, three runs, walked four batters, and struck out one. He took the loss and falls to 0-3.

Arendas led USC at the plate with two hits, while G.K. Young was the only Chanticleer to record a hit. Joey Pankake also extended his hitting streak to 12 games tonight.

Both Max Schrock and Grayson Greiner sat out tonight's game, in order to rest for the weekend series against Tennessee. Schrock is still dealing with an injured ankle, while Greiner is plagued by a painful thumb injury.

South Carolina improves to 21-3, while Coastal drops to 10-15. The Gamecocks will be back in action Friday night, when they host the Vols. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.