South Carolina and Holy Cross only played about half of a game on Sunday due to rain, but the Gamecocks benefited from a bad third inning by the Crusaders’ pitching staff, securing another victory, keeping them undefeated this season, and tallying their first sweep of the year.
Both teams were scoreless through the first two innings, then USC finally got on the board in the third. Noah Myers walked to start things off, Andrew Eyster got hit by a pitch with one out, and Noah Campbell walked with two outs to load the bases. The first run of the game came when Jeff Heinrich got hit by pitch, and Braylen Wimmer followed with an RBI single that made the score 2-0. Dallas Beaver walked to force in the game’s third run, then George Callil was hit by a pitch to bring in another run and make it 4-0. The Gamecocks tacked on the final run of the day on a two-out solo shot by Wes Clarke in the fourth.
Carolina starter Brannon Jordan had an impressive debut, pitching all five innings and allowing just two hits and no runs. He didn’t walk any batters, and he struck nine out. Jordan is now 1-0 on the season.
The Gamecocks improve to 3-0 overall and will look to keep the winning streak going on Tuesday, when they take on Winthrop. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Founders Park.