A combination of offensive success and terrific pitching propelled South Carolina to a second win on Saturday, as the Gamecocks shut out LSU to wrap up another SEC series victory.
USC wasted no time getting on the board, going up 2-0 in the first inning when Wes Clarke walked with two outs and David Mendham homered. The Cocks added three more runs in the next inning. Colin Burgess singled to lead off, George Callil followed with an RBI triple, Brennan Milone came through with an RBI double, and then with two outs, Clarke knocked an RBI single, making the score 5-0.
Carolina got another run in the third inning, when Andrew Eyster started things off with a double and later scored on a passed ball to make it a 6-0 game. The final runs of the game came in the sixth inning. A Braylen Wimmer one-out solo shot made the score 7-0, then Clarke got hit by a pitch and Eyster singled with two outs to bring him home and give the Cocks and 8-0 lead. Eyster later scored on a Burgess RBI single.
South Carolina starter Will Sanders had another excellent outing, pitching six innings and giving up five hits but no runs, walking one batter and striking out four. He earned the win and is now 6-1. Julian Bosnic took the mound for the final inning of the game. Tigers starter Blake Money took the loss and drops to 1-2. Eyster led the Gamecocks at the plate with three hits, while Mendham recorded two RBI.
USC improves to 24-10 overall and 10-5 in conference play, while LSU is now 21-14 overall and 4-11 in the SEC. The Cocks will be back in action on Thursday, when they open up a series against Arkansas. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.