The Gamecocks got a three-run homer from Joey Pankake for the second day in a row and USC completed a mid-week sweep of the Ball State Cardinals with a 14-4 win on Wednesday afternoon. USC scored six runs in the first three innings, including Pankake’s second inning blast, and continued their offensive outburst. The Gamecocks have scored 41 runs in the last week, dating back to the Clemson series. South Carolina improved to 10-2 on the season.
Freshman Curt Britt got his first career start for USC and gave up two earned runs in 3.1 innings before giving way to Patrick Sullivan. The senior captain struck out five in 3.2 innings of work to earn his first win of the year. The outing was Sullivan’s longest of the season.
AUDIO: Chad Holbrook recaps the win [3:26]
For the second consecutive day, South Carolina pounded out 14 hits. Joey Pankake and Grayson Greiner each had three RBIs for the Gamecocks. Second baseman Max Schrock was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. The freshman from Chapel Hill also stole three bases. USC swiped five bags on the afternoon. George Iskenderian also added two hits for USC. LB Dantzler doubled in the 8th inning to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
AUDIO: Pat Sullivan and Max Schrock talk about win [3:33]
Centerfielder Tanner English came out of the game in the third inning after tweaking his throwing shoulder. Coach Holbrook said that the staff would evaluate English further before determing how to proceed. Additionally, rightfielder Connor Bright was scratched from the lineup after a bruising his foot on a foul ball during the Clemson series
AUDIO: Holbrook discusses team’s injuries [1:24]
The Gamecocks begin their final non-conference weekend series this Friday, as they host Rider.