All the offense USC didn't have this weekend decided to make an appearance tonight, as the Gamecocks blew out the Terriers 15-1.
Carolina blew the game open early, scoring five runs in the second inning. Grayson Greiner led off with a homer (because of course he did), then Joey Pankake walked. Tanner English and DC Arendas followed with back-to-back bunts, filling the bases with Gamecocks. Gene Cone walked to bring Pankake across the plate and Patrick Harrington came through with an RBI sac fly. Then Marcus Mooney lined out, but it was enough to get Arendas home, and Max Schrock, making his long-awaited triumphant return to the lineup tonight, doubled to make it 5-0. Greiner almost went yard again before all was said and done (because of course he did), but the ball was caught to end the inning.
Pankake homered to lead off the third, and South Carolina almost added another run in the fourth inning, but Kyle Martin collided with the Wofford catcher and was out.
The Terriers ended the shutout and got their lone run of the night in the sixth inning when Seth Neely went yard. Josh Hyman later tried to steal second on Greiner, and I think we can all guess how that worked out for him.
The Gamecocks responded by almost doubling their run total in the bottom of the inning. Mooney made it to second on a throwing error to start things off, was able to advance to third, then made it home thanks to a wild pitch. Greiner and Pankake walked, then English was safe on a fielder's choice to load the bases. Arendas walked and a run came, then Cone walked to bring in a run again. Harrington was up next and he got plunked, and suddenly South Carolina was in the double digits. Mooney got hit too, bringing another run in, then Schrock singled for his second RBI of the night, making it 12-1.
USC kept pouring it on, scoring their final three runs in the next inning. Logan Koch and Jordan Gore took back-to-back walks to begin the innings, English singled to fill the bases again, and Arendas walked to bring in yet another run. Cone grounded into a double play that got Gore home, and Harrington knocked an RBI single to bump the score up to 15-1.
Reed Scott started on the mound for the Gamecocks, and he worked four innings. Scott allowed two hits, no runs, walked two batters, and struck out four. Curt Britt, Vince Fiori, Taylor Widener, and Matthew Vogel combined to go the rest of the way for the home team. Britt got the win and is now 3-0.
Wofford's pitching staff had a rough night, to put it mildly. Starter Jordan Accetta lasted just 1.2 innings and gave up four hits, five runs, issued three walks and tallied no K's. He took the loss and drops to 3-3. The Terriers used six more pitchers, and they combined to walk nine batters.
Schrock, Greiner, English, and Arendas all had two hits to lead Carolina, while five different Wofford players registered a hit.
The Gamecocks improve to 36-13, while the Terriers fall to 25-25. South Carolina will be back in action this weekend for a series against Missouri, the final SEC home series of the season. Hopefully this excellent offensive output will still be around when the first game of the series begins Friday night at 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.