USC extended its winning streak to five with a doubleheader sweep of George Washington Saturday at Founders Park. The Gamecocks won the opener 10-6 and took the nightcap 5-0 to sweep the three-game series.
In game one, freshman Michael Braswell had three hits and two RBI. He also went to the mound in the top of the ninth and got the final two outs of the game with strikeouts stranding runners on the corners. Andrew Eyster also had two hits, including his third home run of the season. Eyster is hitting .545 on the season.
The Gamecocks led early 3-0. The Colonials scored twice in the sixth to make it 3-2, but the Gamecocks responded with four in the bottom of the frame for a 7-2 lead. They added three in the eighth to put the game away.
James Hicks started but was pulled in the third with arm soreness. He will be evaluated on Sunday. He allowed one hit, one walk and struck out two. Wesley Sweatt, Noah Hall and Braswell followed with Sweatt earning he win and Braswell the save.
In game two, four Gamecock pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout. Cade Austin, Aidan Hunter, Matthew Becker and John Gilreath struck out 11 and walked three to record the staff’s first shutout of the season. Hunter picked up the win.
Braylen Wimmer led the offense with three of the team’s nine hits and an RBI, and Brandt Belk drove in two runs with a single.
The Gamecocks are 6-1 and will play Appalachian State Tuesday night in Charlotte.