This game was pretty uninspiring, unless you're a Cougars fan.
After the Gamecocks loaded the bases on a Gene Cone single and two walks in the first inning, a third walk to Alex Destino forced in a run and put the home team up 1-0.
College of Charleston answered right away, though, loading the bases on three straight singles before Alex Pastorius contributed an RBI groundout to make it 1-1.
Neither team did much for the next few innings, but the Cougars' bats woke up in the fifth inning. Blake Butler knocked an RBI single to give C of C the lead, Carl Wise hit a sac fly to give them an insurance run, and Morgan Phillips notched an RBI single of his own to make it 4-1.
The Cougars added another run in the seventh inning on an RBI single from Wise, then tacked on another in the eight, courtesy of a Ryan Brown RBI base hit.
The Gamecocks finally found a bit of offense in the eighth inning, when Kyle Martin hit an RBI sac fly with the bases loaded and Destino followed with an RBI single, making the score 6-3. That was it for both teams' scoring, though.
Gamecocks starter Jack Wynkoop had a rough day on the mound. He lasted five innings and allowed four runs on eight hits, and struck out two batters. Reed Scott and John Parke also pitched for South Carolina today. Cougars starter Taylor Clarke, on the other hand, had a very impressive outing, and he earned the win. As good as Clarke was, the Gamecocks offense was also far from inspiring, which will hopefully not be a lingering issue.
South Carolina is now 0-1 and College of Charleston is 1-0. The teams will meet again for a doubleheader tomorrow. The first game begins at 1 p.m., and Wil Crowe will start on the mound for the Gamecocks.