After scoring 12 runs against USC Upstate on Tuesday night, the Gamecocks stayed hot at the plate on Wednesday night against the Wildcats.
South Carolina got on the board first, taking a three-run lead in the second inning. Dom Thompson-Williams singled with one out, then with two outs, DC Arendas smacked a double to get DTW home. Marcus Mooney followed with a single, then Gene Cone doubled to bring Arendas and Mooney in and make it 3-0.
Davidson ended the shutout in the fourth inning, thanks to a two-out RBI double by Eric Jones. The Gamecocks tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the inning. TJ Hopkins got things going with a base hit, Mooney singled with one out, and both came home on a single by Cone, putting South Carolina up 5-1.
The Gamecocks added two more runs in the next inning. DTW singled with two outs, then came home on a base hit from Hopkins, who later came home on a two-out single by Mooney. South Carolina padded its lead again in the sixth inning. LT Tolbert led off with a single, baseball magnet Jonah Bride was plunked with two outs, and DTW walked to load the bases. Hopkins came through with a two-run double to make it 9-1, then Arendas got hit to pack the bases again. Mooney worked a walk to force in a run and put the Gamecocks in double digits.
The Wildcats added their second run of the night in the top of the eighth inning, then South Carolina added two more runs to its total. Bride started things off with a single, Hopkins knocked a base hit with one out, Arendas followed with a single as well, and Mooney came through again with a double to get two runners home. Pinch-hitter Danny Blair was up next, and he waled to load the bases yet again. With two outs, another pinch-hitter, Hunter Taylor, contributed an RBI single, then Ross Grosvenor smacked a two-run double to bring in the last runs of the game.
Mooney has been on a tear recently, and there's no better time for him to be heating up than right before the Gamecocks get into conference play this weekend. South Carolina got contributions from all up and down the lineup in this game, which was great to see, and will also be important once they start facing SEC teams.
Starting pitcher Colie Bowers had a rough night, and he was pulled in the third inning. Matt Vogel, Tyler Haswell, and Kyle Anderson combined to go the rest of the way for the Gamecocks. Vogel got the win, his first of the season.
With the win, South Carolina improves to 17-2, while Davidson drops to 7-9. The Gamecocks will be back in action this weekend, when they host Arkansas for their first SEC series of the year. First pitch on Friday is set for 7:30 p.m. at Founder's Park.