South Carolina got off to a hot start in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to solo home runs from Gene Cone and Kyle Martin.
The Gamecocks doubled their run total in the fourth inning, after Connor Bright got plunked and DC Arendas singled to put runners on first and second. They advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Logan Koch, then scored on an RBI groundout from Jordan Gore and an RBI single by Gene Cone.
Another insurance run came in the next inning, when Bright contributed a one-out RBI single to make it 5-0.
Northeastern, whose offense was quiet for almost the entire game, scored their only run in the top of the sixth. After a leadoff walk and a single, Gabe Levanti knocked a two-out single to get the visitors on the board.
South Carolina tacked on two more runs in the seventh, this time on a single from Gore. After Alex Destino lead off with a single, Bright walked and Arendas got hit to load the bags. With two outs, Gore came through to make it 7-1.
The final three runs of the day came in the next inning, Pinch-hitter Patrick Harrington, Schrock and Martin all walked to fill the bases with no outs, then pinch-hitter Clark Scolamiero hit into a fielder's choice that brought in one run. With two outs, Koch belted a two-run single to put the Gamecocks in double digits.
Starter Jack Wynkoop was much, much better in this game than he was in last week's. He worked eight innings and allowed just one run on three hits, walked one batter, and struck out nine batters. He earned the win and improves to 1-1 on the season. Tyler Johnson pitched the final inning for South Carolina. Huskies starter Nick Berger took the loss and drops to 1-1 on the season.
Destino had three hits to lead the Gamecocks at the plate, while three different Northeastern players registered one hit. South Carolina outhit the Huskies 11-3.
The Gamecocks are now 4-1, while Northeastern falls to 2-2. Game two of the double header is scheduled to start around 5:15 p.m., and Wil Crowe will start on the mound for South Carolina.