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No. 12 South Carolina vs. Miami (Ohio), game recap: Gamecocks shut out RedHawks 2-0

South Carolina took an early lead and showed off some strong defense as they blanked Miami (Ohio) in the first game of the series


The Gamecocks scored their only two runs of the night - and the only two runs scored in the entire game - in the second inning. Jordan Gore knocked a one-out single, then Logan Koch belted the first home run of his career with two outs, putting South Carolina on top.

The RedHawks had a couple chances to get on the board, but they couldn't quite muster enough offense to put up any runs.

This game was really all about defense and pitching, as both teams made a bunch of impressive plays. For the Gamecocks, Gore had a particularly good game, making a couple of wow-worthy plays. Given the string of error-filled games before this one, I'm not really sure where this version of the defense has been, but I'd like it to stick around.

South Carolina starter Wil Crowe bounced back very nicely from his struggles against Clemson last weekend. He worked seven innings and allowed five hits, no runs, walked three batters and struck out eight. Crowe earned the win and is now 2-1 on the season. Vince Fiori took over for Crowe, and Taylor Widener got the final out of the game. He also got the save, his fourth of the season.

Miami (Ohio)'s Ryan Powers worked into the eighth inning. He took the loss and falls to 1-3. Will Schierholz and Ryan Marske also took the mound for the RedHawks in this game.

South Carolina improves to 10-3, while Miami (Ohio) drops to 2-6. They'll meet again Saturday, with the first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. at Carolina Stadium. Jack Wynkoop is scheduled to start on the mound for the Gamecocks.