The fifth-ranked Gamecocks have not allowed a run in 33 straight innings, effectively shutting out their last three opponents as South Carolina defeated Eastern Kentucky 4-0 on Friday afternoon at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks are now 5-0 on the year while the Colonels fall to 1-4.
Joey Pankake went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Kyle Martin hit a solo homer and extended his hitting streak to five games. Max Schrock homered as well. Both Martin and Schrock have two homers on the year.
Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery improved to 2-0 on the year. Montgomery hurled seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out four batters. He has not allowed a run in 34.0 consecutive innings pitched going back to last year. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey added a scoreless inning of relief tallying two strikeouts. Joel Seddon closed it out for the Gamecocks with a perfect inning of relief striking out two batters.
The Gamecocks went ahead 1-0 in bottom of the second as Martin sent a 1-0 pitch soaring over the right field fall for his second home run in as many games. Schrock added to the Gamecock lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the third.
Pankake sparked a two-run inning for South Carolina in the bottom of the sixth as he crushed a ball to the gap in right-center for a leadoff double. With Pankake on third base, a pitch hit Grayson Greiner to give the Gamecocks runners on the corners. The Eastern Kentucky third baseman attempted to throw Pankake out at home on a sharp hit ball off the bat of Connor Bright but Pankake safely scored and gave the Gamecocks a 3-0 advantage. Designated hitter Brison Celek then singled up the middle and drove in Greiner for the second run of the inning.
**Story from USC SID**