The Gamecocks offense stayed hot as South Carolina extended its winning streak to three games with a shutout against Charleston Southern on Tuesday night.
USC didn’t waste any time getting on the board, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Brady Allen got hit by a pitch to start things off, Josiah Sightler knocked a base hit, and then Wes Clarke hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Allen. Andrew Eyster then followed with an RBI double. The Cocks doubled their lead in the third, when Eyster singled with two outs and David Mendham went yard to make it 4-0.
Carolina doubled its lead again in the next inning, bumping the score to 8-0 as Brennan Milone, George Callil, and Allen all walked to load the bases with no outs, then Sightler smacked a one-out grand slam. The final run of the game came in the fifth inning courtesy of an Allen sac fly.
Gamecocks starter Jack Mahoney had a great outing, pitching five innings and giving up just one hit, no runs, walking one batter, and striking out seven. He got the win and improves to 2-0. Jackson Phipps, Wesley Sweatt, Julian Bosnic, and Magdiel Cotto also took the mound in this game. Bucs starter Jordan Bridges took the loss and is now 1-1. Mendham led USC at the plate with three hits, while Sightler tallied four RBI.
South Carolina is now 22-9 overall, while CSU is 10-14. The Cocks will be back in action on Thursday, when they open a series against LSU. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. in Baton Rouge.