The 5th ranked USC baseball team took down their namesake from Upstate 12-3 Tuesday night at Carolina Stadium. That makes runs the Gamecocks win streak to seven and moves them to 14-2 this season. The Spartans drop to 10-5.
“It feels good to beat a team came in 10-4,” said Gamecock skipper Chad Holbrook. “They played Kentucky really tight and they have a good little thing going. They’ve got some older players that are pretty good. We felt like it might be a tight game, but we swung the bats well tonight.”
Forrest Koumas started on the mound for the Gamecocks, but it was freshman lefty Jack Wynkoop who ended up with the win after allowing one run on four hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief. He allowed one walk and struck out one batter. Wyncoop (3-0) could still factor into the pitching plans for the SEC opener at Missouri this week.
Upstate starter Chris Cox gave up three runs on six hits in his two innings of work and took the loss for the Spartans.
The Gamecocks have another home game tomorrow night against Davidson. First pitch is 7:00.
- Upstate jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
- Leadoff hitter Graham Saiko was picked off in the first inning and was pulled out of the game.
- Joey Pankake, the reigning Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, and SEC POW is still in the zone: He was 3-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. He has an eight game hitting streak going. “He is now coming into his own offensively,” Holbrook said.
- USC will start right hander Joel Seddon against Davidson Wednesday.