Is nine wins in nine games good? Because it seems good. I think this baseball team might just be good.
After squandering scoring chances in the first inning, South Carolina jumped out to a 4-0 lead against The Citadel in the third inning of tonight's game. John Jones - who you might've heard is good at baseball - doubled with one out, and a combination of Alex Destino and a Bulldogs error brought Jones home. Chris Cullen followed with an RBI double before eventually making it across home plate himself, and Gene Cone walked, then came home on a Marcus Mooney RBI single.
The Gamecocks added another run in the fifth inning, courtesy of a Danny Blair double.
The Bulldogs cut into the lead in the next inning, scoring their only three runs of the game. Philip Watcher knocked a one-out double, Austin Mapes followed with a base hit, and Stephen Windham walked to fill the bases. All three then came home on a double by Drew Ellis, making it 5-3.
South Carolina scored their final run of the night in the seventh inning, when Jonah Bride got Dom Thompson-Williams home with an RBI double.
The Gamecocks had the bases loaded several times and weren't able to get any runs in, which was a little disappointing, especially because they'd been so clutch for the most part this season. The team did take advantage of the multiple errors made by the Bulldogs, though, which was good to see.
Starting pitcher Adam Hill had a really nice outing, working five innings and allowing just three hits, no runs, walking two batters, and tallying eight strikeouts. Considering how iffy the midweek pitching was last season, it's nice to see a potentially solid midweek starter emerging. Tyler Johnson, Brandon Murray, and Josh Reagan also took the mound for South Carolina in this game. Hill earned the win and is now 2-0, while Reagan got the save, his third of the season.
With the win, the Gamecocks improve to 9-0, while The Citadel drops to 5-2. South Carolina will be back in action on Friday, when they open up the weekend series with Clemson. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Founder's Park.