The #7 USC baseball team plodded through cold, wet and overcast conditions and beat Furman 5-2 Tuesday afternoon Carolina Stadium. Freshman pitcher Jack Wynkoop pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up his first career win and Tyler Webb closed the door in the ninth to notch his third save of the young season.
The win moves the Gamecocks to 6-1 this season with a huge series against arch rival Clemson coming up this weekend. Furman falls to 5-2.
Wynkoop showed excellent poise in his first collegiate start. He scattered five hits and didn’t walk a batter in his 5 plus innings of work. He struck out two and threw 55 pitches, 39 of those were strikes.
“I didn’t feel any nerves, Wynkoop said. “Maybe a little bit in the locker room, but once I got out there I felt good.”
Evan Beal spelled Wyncoop in the sixth and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out three in the process. The only pitcher to struggle was Joel Sedden. He entered in the ninth but was unable to get an out and was pulled after allowing two earned runs on three hits. Webb came in and allowed one hit and struck out two to get the Gamecocks out of the final frame.
Offensively the Gamecocks had ten hits. Max Schrock and Chase Vergason had a pair of hits each. Graham Saiko, Erik Payne, Grayson Greiner and T.J. Costen all drove in a run.
- Joey Pankake sat out of the game with an injury. It isn’t considered serious and he should be back for the Clemson series. Chad Holbrook said he was very close to playing him, but decided to let him rest his sore hip.
- Freshman Max Schrock started at shortstop in Pankake’s place.
- Holbrook said he is optimistic about the offensive numbers improving and said he thinks they have a chance to be a good offensive team.
- The game conditions were listed as: Light fog, 54 degrees. The game took two hours and 18 minutes to play.