Elliott Caldwell had a career day as the Gamecocks beat the visiting Paladins 5-2 in their first midweek contest of 2015.
Pitching was a little shaky in the early going for South Carolina today, and the defense was kind of sloppy as well. Furman took a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to a Jordan Simpson RBI double, then they made it 2-0 in the third inning on an RBI single from Sky Overton.
The Gamecocks' offense got off to a slow start, but they exploded for four runs in the fourth inning, three of which came from Caldwell. After Logan Koch and Jordan Gore knocked back to back singles, Gene Cone got hit to fill the bases. Caldwell came up and belted a bases clearing triple, and Kyle Martin followed with an RBI single to make it 4-2.
South Carolina added their final run in the fifth inning, courtesy of a Max Schrock RBI sac fly.
Caldwell did everything today, going 4-for-4 (and a homer shy of the cycle), stealing a base and making a great lunging catch in the seventh inning. He's one of the guys trying to secure an everyday spot in the lineup, and this outing certainly didn't hurt his case. He was the only South Carolina player to record more than one hit, while Cone, Martin, Koch and Gore each had one. Overton had both of the Paladins' hits in the game.
Matt Vogel started on the mound for the Gamecocks, and while his defense didn't do him any favors, Vogel also struggled somewhat with his command. He worked 2.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits, walked one batter and struck out two. Clarke Schmidt came on in relief and was very impressive, tossing 4.2 innings and giving up no runs on four hits and tallying three strikeouts. Brandon Murray went the rest of the way for South Carolina and allowed two hits while registering one strikeout. Schmidt earned the win and is now 1-0 on the season, while Murray got the save, his first.
Furman starter Billy Greenfield took the loss and drops to 0-2 this season. He pitched 2.2 innings and gave up four runs on five hits, issued no walks and struck out two batters. Matt Solter, Will Dvorak and Elliott Warford also pitched for the Paladins.
The Gamecocks improve to 3-1, while Furman drops to 1-3. South Carolina will be back in action on Friday, when they host Northeastern for a three-game series. First pitch for Friday's game is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST and Jack Wynkoop is expected to start on the mound for Gamecocks.