There was a bit of a struggle from South Carolina pitchers early on and the offense took a long time to wake up, but the Gamecocks rallied for four runs in the seventh inning and topped the visiting Hatters 4-2 to sweep another series and remain perfect on the season.
Stetson got on the board first in the second inning. After USC starter Curt Britt issued two walks, Tyler Bocock laced a two-out RBI single up the middle to make it 1-0. The Gamecocks threatened in the bottom of the inning, but left the bases loaded and came up empty handed.
Stetson tacked on another run in the next inning, after Britt was lifted for reliever Vince Fiori. The 2-0 score held until the bottom of the seventh, when South Carolina finally ended the shutout. Tanner English singled to start things off, Marcus Mooney drew a walk, and Max Schrock hit into a fielder's choice to keep two runners on. Joey Pankake came through with an RBI single, then with two outs, Connor Bright knocked an RBI base hit of his own to tie the game. Next up was Weber Pike, who picked a great time to record the first two RBI of his career, which put South Carolina up 4-2.
Both teams had quiet eighth innings, and Joel Seddon shut down the Hatters entirely in the ninth, getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.
Britt lasted just two innings and allowed three hits, two runs, walked two batters, struck out two, and had one wild pitch. Fiori, Hunter Privette, Cody Mincey, and Seddon combined to go the rest of the way for the Gamecocks. Privette earned the win and is now 1-0 on the season, while Seddon got the save, his fourth of the year.
Stetson starter Austin Perez worked 6.1 innings and gave up seven hits, two runs, issued three walks, and didn't strike anyone out. Reliever Tyler Warmoth took the loss and drops to 0-2 on the season.
Bright extended his hitting streak and has now recorded a hit in all 12 games this season, while Logan Koch, who started at catcher, tallied the first hit of his career in today's game.
There is one note of bad news, though: Schrock injured his ankle in the bottom of the seventh inning after beating out the throw to first base. He appeared to be in quite a bit of pain and had to leave the game, and his status is unclear as of now. Hopefully it's not too serious and he won't have to miss much - if any - time. In other injury news, English, who tweaked something in yesterday's game, seemed fine today.
South Carolina improves to 12-0, while Stetson falls to 2-11. The Gamecocks will be back in action this weekend when they host Brown. First pitch for Friday's game is set for 7 p.m.