This game was delayed - and eventually called - in the top of the eighth, no matter though, really, because South Carolina's offense exploded in the first inning of this game. They ha so much offense, in fact, that they batted around and then some. Here's a rundown of all the action, because there was a lot:
- Gene Cone led off with a single
- Max Schrock singled
- Kyle Martin belted a two-run double
- Elliott Caldwell was hit by a pitch
- Jordan Gore sac bunted
- So did DC Arendas, and his brought home a run
- Alex Destino knocked an RBI single
- Hunter Taylor got a base hit
- Marcus Mooney got plunked
- Cone took a walk, forcing in another run
- Max Schrock made it to second on an error, which got another run home
- Kyle Martin flew out
When all was said and done, the Gamecocks were up 6-0 and Appalachian State's pitcher didn't make it out of the inning.
South Carolina added one run in the third inning, thanks to an RBI single from Cone, then they scored four more in the fourth. Arendas brought one in with a sac fly, then Taylor, Cone, and Schrock brought in the others with hits.
The Mountaineers got their lone run of the game in the seventh inning.
Gamecocks starter Reed Scott did a nice job, working five innings and giving up four hits, no runs, walking three batters, and striking out six. He also got the win. Canaan Cropper took over on the mound when Scott's day was done and went the rest of the way for South Carolina.
Given that the Gamecocks offense has been lackluster at best in many of their recent games, it was nice to see double digit runs scored tonight. It would be even nicer if this version of the offense could stick around for a while.
South Carolina improves to 22-11, while Appalachian State drops to 12-24. The Gamecocks will be back in action Wednesday, when they host The Citadel. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.