The USC baseball players will travel to Texas A&M Thursday morning dressed in Hawaiian shirts and full of confidence. The Gamecocks won their fourth in a row Wednesday night defeating NC A&T 9-4 at Founders Park. And in an attempt to alter their road mojo (4-11 away from home), Mark Kingston said they will wear Hawaiian shirts on the flight instead of their USC apparel, an idea suggested by Andrew Eyster.
The Gamecocks improved to 19-9 at home with their Wednesday night victory. They built a 7-0 lead through five innings, and after the Aggies scored three in the seventh, came back with two more of their own.
USC produced a season high of 15 hits against eight A&T pitchers. Braylen Wimmer and Colin Burgess had three hits apiece. Burgess hit his fourth homer of the season. Josiah Sightler also connected for another long homer, his ninth of the season and eighth since April 1st. Sightler, Eyster and Evan Stone each had two hits.
Freshman Eli Jones started on the mound for USC and earned his first career win by allowing three hits and no runs over 3.2 innings. Jones struck out three and didn’t walk a batter and threw 53 pitches.
Aidan Hunter followed and was the only ineffective Gamecock pitcher. He gave up four hits and all four runs, three of them earned, over 2.2 innings. The unearned run came as a result of his own throwing error. Parker Coyne, Cam Tringali and Cade Austin allowed one hit and three walks over the final 2.2 innings.
The pitchers did a good job working around some shaky fielding by the infield. Errors were made at first, second and short.
USC is 23-20 and their four-game winning streak is their longest since a six-game streak was snapped by Clemson in early March. The Gamecocks are 9-12 in SEC play which ties them with Alabama and Mississippi State for the league’s 8th best record. A&M is 28-15 overall and 12-9 in league play and has won seven of their last ten games.