One week ago USC suffered a demoralizing walk-off loss at Clemson that cost them the big series with the Tigers for a fourth straight season. Rather than hang their heads however, the Gamecocks collected themselves and turned in a perfect 4-0 week as they roll towards the start of SEC play.
USC opened the week with a 12-2 win over North Carolina A&T and capped it with a three game sweep of Princeton by scores of 9-2, 7-3 and 6-4. The Gamecocks are now 11-5 with a Wednesday game at home against Harvard follow by their first SEC weekend series against Florida at Founders Park.
Madison Stokes and TJ Hopkins fueled the offense against Princeton each batting .556 for the series. Hopkins had four extra base hits. LT Tolbert had a pair of home runs as well.
Adam Hill had another strong start in a win Friday night striking out nine Tigers batters. He leads the SEC with 43 strikeouts and has a league best .115 opponent’s batting average.
Cody Morris earned the win in game on on Saturday to run his record to 3-1 and TJ Shook earned his first win in relief in the nightcap. Shook also pitched in relief in the win over NC A&T and has not allowed an earn run in 11.2 innings of work.
The Gamecocks have 26 home runs in their first 16 games. Tolbert, Stokes and Jacob Olson have four each. A positive sign Saturday was Carlos Cortez ripping a homer to left in the second game after not starting for the first time this season in game one. It was his third homer of the season and the Gamecocks hope that will get him going as his batting average remains under the .200 mark.
Mark Kingston following Saturday’s sweep of Princeton