USC’s bats slumbered thru the first six innings of Wednesday night’s game with Wofford at Carolina Stadium, but Joey Pankake brought them to life with a go ahead two run homer in the bottom of the 7th, part of a six run rally, and the Gamecocks defeated the Terriers 9-3. The Gamecocks improve to 34-14 while Wofford falls to 20-31.
The Gamecocks managed just four hits thru the first six frames and trailed 3-2 going to the home half of the seventh. With one out and one on, Pankake homered to right field, his tenth of the season, to give the Gamecocks their first lead. Grayson Greiner delivered an RBI double and later scored on a wild pitch. And Tanner English capped the inning with a two run single.
Freshman Curt Britt started for USC and went the first three innings allowing two runs on four hits. Colby Holmes followed with three innings of work giving up one run on three hits. Adam Westmoreland, Patrick Sullivan and Joel Seddon finished up for the Gamecocks. Westmoreland earned the victory to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Seven Wofford pitchers worked in the game with Will Stillman taking the loss to fall to 2-2.
Chase Vergason led the 12 hit Gamecock attack with three hits. Max Schrock had two hits inclding his 5th home run. Grayson Greiner and Sean Sullivan also had two hits each. Alec Paradowski had three hits for the Terriers.
It was a good news-bad news night for the Gamecocks on the injury front. Catcher Dante Rosenberg returned after missing nearly a month with a broken bone in his hand, and outfielder Connor Bright could return this weekend from his shoulder injury, but first baseman LB Dantzler dislocated his left shoulder after falling while rounding second base. He is “iffy” for this weekend’s series with Georgia.