Connor Bright and Joey Pankake homered for USC Saturday as the Gamecocks defeated Rider 9-5 at Carolina Stadium for a 2-0 lead in the three game series which will conclude Sunday afternoon.
The Gamecocks totaled 13 hits with eight of their nine regulars contributing at least one safety. Bright, Pankake, Chase Vergason, Dante Rosenberg and Shon Carson had two hits each. Bright hit a solo home run in the third inning and Pankake delivered a solo shot in the sixth, his third homer in the last four games.
Reliever Joel Seddon earned his first victory of the season with one inning of work. Adam Westmoreland continued his strong work out of the pen with 3.2 innings of hitless pitching to earn his first save of the season.
The Gamecocks are 12-2 and will start lefthander Nolan Belcher in Sunday’s finale.