College of Charleston Head Coach Chad Holbrook won for the first time against South Carolina since USC fired the former Gamecocks Head Coach as Holbrook’s Cougars won in blowout fashion, 9-0, at Columbia’s Spirit Communications Park Wednesday.
When South Carolina dismissed Chad Holbrook, both sides acknowledged it would take time for the fences to mend, but it’s Holbrook who got the last laugh as the Cougars led wire-to-wire.
College of Charleston’s Dupree Hart hit the second pitch of the ballgame over the left-center field fence, and knocked in the second run with a third-inning single. The Cougars blew the game open with a four-run third on a Luke Manzo single, a run-scoring groundout from Tommy Richter and Bradley Dixon’s two-run single.
Evan Sisk, normally a weekend starting pitcher for the Cougars, stymied the Gamecocks hitters allowing just one hit through seven innings. College of Charleston has a bye weekend in the CAA schedule, allowing them to use Sisk, who would not have normally pitched a midweek game. The freshman from Lewisville High School struck out five and walked two in a masterful performance. Justin Baker stifled the Gamecocks in the final two innings to complete the shutout.
The only USC threat came when the Gamecocks loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth. After Jonah Bride walked, Justin Row singled and LT Tolbert was hit by a pitch, but Hunter Taylor struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Cougars won for the second straight meeting against South Carolina, after defeating the Gamecocks, 6-5, in a 13-inning thriller at Founders Park in 2016.
In a game where the preamble was mostly about him, Holbrook deflected the credit toward his players after the game:
Gamecocks Head Coach Mark Kingston believes his team will be able to flush the disappointment of this loss quickly, as his team has bounced back from a couple of mid-week defeats:
South Carolina (28-20) hosts Missouri at Founders Park this weekend, while College of Charleston (34-16) does not play until it faces The Citadel at Joe Riley Park on Tuesday.