The Gamecocks got off to a bit of a slower start in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader than they did in the first. After the Huskies threatened in the top of the third, South Carolina got on the board in the bottom of the inning with a 2-0 lead, thanks to a two-run single from Kyle Martin.
South Carolina tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning, after Peter Mooney doubled to lead things off, Gene Cone contributed a base hit, and Jordan Gore came through with an RBI sac fly to make it 3-0. They added another run in the next inning, when catcher Hunter Taylor tallied the first RBI of his career with a one-out single.
The final two runs of the game came in the seventh inning. With two outs, Alex Destino singled, then some poor fielding helped him get to third and Connor Bright reach first. An RBI single from Madison Stokes and another error on Northeastern brought Destino and Bright home, making it 6-0.
Gamecocks starter Wil Crowe had a great outing, though he only worked for four innings, likely because of a pitch count limit. He allowed four hits, no runs, didn't walk any batters, and struck out seven. Vince Fiori replaced Crowe and pitched two innings. He gave up two hits, no runs, issued no walks, and tallied one strikeout. He earned the win, improving to 1-0 on the season. Reed Scott and Tyler Haswell also worked on the mound for South Carolina in the game. Huskies starter Dustin Hunt took the loss and drops to 1-1.
Mooney and Cone each had three hits to lead the Gamecocks at the plate, while two Huskies players each tallied two hits. South Carolina outhit Northeastern 12-6, and the Huskies also had four errors, compared with the Gamecocks' one.
Strong pitching and clutch offense were key in both games of the doubleheader, and the level of production in both areas is something that will need to stay high if South Carolina is going to have a successful season. Given how many guys are trying to earn time in the lineup, it's encouraging to see contributions from everyone, not just guys like Martin and Schrock.
The Gamecocks are now 5-1 on the season, while Northeastern is 2-3. They'll meet for the final game of the series on Sunday, with the first pitch scheduled for noon ET. Josh Reagan will start on the mound for South Carolina.