In the first game of today's doubleheader, the Gamecocks evened up the series against the Cougars with a dominating 7-1 win.
Just like yesterday, South Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, thanks to Kyle Martin and Alex Destino. Fortunately, that was pretty much where the similarities to yesterday's dud ended.
The Gamecocks blew things open in the next inning, when every guy on the team got a chance to bat. Elliott Caldwell and DC Arendas led took back-to-back walks to start things off, advanced on a sac bunt from Logan Koch, and came home when Jordan Gore smacked a 2-RBI double. Gene Cone followed with an RBI single, and two batters later, Martin made it 5-0 with an RBI base hit of his own.
College of Charleston got on the board in the third inning, courtesy of an RBI single from Champ Rowland.
The next few innings were relatively quiet for both teams, but South Carolina put up its final two runs in the sixth inning, on RBI singles from Martin and Connor Bright.
South Carolina starter Wil Crowe had a strong performance in his first game of the season, as he tossed 6.1 innings and allowed just one run on four hits, walked three batters, and tallied 10 strikeouts, a career-high. Vince Fiori went the rest of the way for South Carolina.
Every Gamecock was on base at least once, and Schrock, Martin, and Gore all had two hits. Bright also registered his first hit of the season.
The team that took the field today was much more like the one we've come to expect for Carolina baseball, so hopefully that's a sign of good things to come.
The Gamecocks and Cougars are now both 1-1 on the season. They'll meet again for the rubber match/second part of today's doubleheader around 4:30 ET. Josh Reagan will start on the mound for South Carolina.