Presbyterian College was the latest witness to South Carolina’s balanced attack as the Gamecocks shut down the Blue Hose 5-0 at Founders Park, Tuesday. USC has proven itself equally formidable at the plate, in the field and on the mound during its 17-1 start to the season.
At the plate, the power surge continued as USC pounded out three more homers, one each from Talmadge LeCroy, Gavin Casas and Cole Messina. The Gamecocks have now hit 48 home runs on the season. In the field, Messina closed out the second inning by gunning down a baserunner at second base to complete a ‘strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play’ and on the mound, Eli Jones (4-0, 1.23) held PC hitless in four innings of relief to pick up the win and help lower the staff ERA to 2.55. Cade Austin came on in the ninth and struck out the side.
The Gamecocks, winners of eight straight, are rolling just as they are about to embark upon conference play. It’s the best start for the program since winning 18 of 19 to kick off the 2014 season.
South Carolina will look to equal that mark when SEC play begins at Georgia, Friday. First pitch from Foley Field in Athens is set for 6 p.m.