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No. 13 South Carolina vs. Northeastern, game recap: Gamecocks top Huskies 6-4, sweep series

South Carolina earned its first series sweep of the season with another victory over Northeastern.


Unlike the previous two games of this series, Northeastern took an early lead in Sunday's game, going up 2-0 in the first inning thanks to RBI singles from Nick Fanneron and Nolan Lang.

South Carolina got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning, after Gene Cone and Jordan Gore knocked back-to-back singles, and a wild pitch brought Cone home.

The 2-1 score held until the fifth inning, when the Gamecocks offense exploded for five runs. Marcus Mooney got plunked to lead things off, advanced on a Cone groundout, and scored on an RBI single from Gore. Kyle Martin singled with two outs, and Elliott Caldwell followed with an RBI base hit to give South Carolina their first lead of the day. Next came a three-run bomb from Alex Destino to break things wide open, putting the Gamecocks up 6-2.

The Huskies answered with one run in the next inning, thanks to an RBI sac fly from Joey Scambia. They added their final run - and the last run of the day - on a wild pitch in the ninth inning.

After really strong pitching performances in both games of Saturday's doubleheader, South Carolina's staff had a little bit of trouble today. Starter Josh Reagan was by no means bad, but it does seem like the Sunday starter position probably isn't locked in yet. Reagan pitched into the fifth inning before being pulled for Clarke Schmidt, who likely has a pretty good chance of getting a shot at starting Sunday games. Vince Fiori, Reed Scott, and Taylor Widener also pitched for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina improves to 6-1 on the season, while Northeastern drops to 2-4. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Davidson. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST.