South Carolina kept things rolling against Cornell on Saturday, beating the Big Red 10-3 and locking down a series victory.
The Gamecocks got on the board early, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Noah Myers started things off with a triple, then scored on an RBI single by Jeff Heinrich, and he later scored on a two-run, one-out homer from Wes Clarke.
USC broke things open in the third inning. Myers, Heinrich, and Andrew Eyster walked to load the bases with one out, then Clarke got hit by a pitch to force in a run and make it a 4-0 game. Brady Allen followed with an RBI single to make the score 5-0, then a wild pitch allowed Eyster to score, bumping the score up to 6-0. Clarke came home when Colin Burgess hit into a double play, putting the Gamecocks up 7-0.
Carolina added another run in the sixth inning, after Braylen Wimmer reached first on a muffed throw, Myers walked, and Heinrich came through with an RBI single to make it 8-0. Another Gamecocks run came in the seventh, when Dallas Beaver got hit by a pitch with two outs and later came home on a throwing error, making the score 9-0.
The shutout ended in the eighth inning, when a pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for Cornell with no outs. Nicholas Binnie hit into a fielder’s choice to bring in the first run of the game for the Big Red, making it a 9-1 game, then Wils Guy knocked an RBI single to make it 9-2, and Joe Hollerbach grounded out to bring in another run, making the score 9-3. USC’s final run of the game came in the bottom of the inning, when Burgess grounded out to bring in Allen, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.
Gamecocks starter Thomas Farr had a strong outing, working six innings and giving up just one hit and no runs. He walked two batters and struck six out. Farr got the win and is now 3-0. John Gilreath, Andrew Peters, and Josiah Sightler combined to go the rest of the way for South Carolina. Cornell starter Spencer Edwards took the loss and drops to 0-3.
With the win, the Gamecocks improve to 10-4, while the Big Red are now 1-7. USC will go for the sweep on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Founders Park. Brannon Jordan is expected to start on the mound for the home team.