There were no grand slams or even particularly large outbursts of offense on Sunday, but the Gamecocks did enough to secure the victory, sweep another series, and remain undefeated.
Penn State was first on the board in this game, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single. South Carolina answered in the bottom of the inning, though. Jonah Bride knocked a one-out single, John Jones - who is good at baseball - walked, and after Alex Destino hit a ball back to the pitcher, Bride came home to score and tie the game.
The Gamecocks got their only other runs of the day in the third inning. DC Arendas and Dom-Thompson Williams each got a base hit to start things off, Bride came through with a bunt single to load the bases, and two runs scored when Jones hit a ball that went off the Nittany Lions' first baseman's glove. After LT Tolbert was intentionally walked to load the bases again, Bride came home to score on a fly ball from Chris Cullen, making it 4-1 in favor of the home team.
The final run of the day belonged to Penn State and came in the fourth inning, when James Coates went yard to lead off the inning.
While this game had less offensive firepower than we saw the rest of the weekend, John Jones continued his streak of being really good at baseball. He notched three base hits today and walked once, and he finishes the weekend having reached base in every plate appearance. I don't think we need any hard-hitting analysis on that one: it's just really, really, good.
Taylor Widener had a decent outing today, working 4 2/3 innings and giving up seven hits but just the two runs. He also walked two batters and struck out four. Reed Scott and Josh Reagan also took the mound for South Carolina on Sunday, with Scott earning the win.
The Gamecocks remain undefeated and improve to 8-0, while the Nittany Lions drop to 2-5. South Carolina will be back in action on Tuesday, when they travel to Charleston to take on The Citadel. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.