Baseball Defeats Bucknell 17-4 on Opening Day In First Game Of Doubleheader
Seventh ranked South Carolina pounded out 10 hits and reached base with 13 additional walks and four hit by pitches en route to a 17-4 victory over Bucknell on Opening Day at Carolina Stadium.
Sophomore designated hitter DC Arendas was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI. Junior first baseman Kyle Martin went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored with junior catcher Grayson Greiner 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored as well. Connor Bright added three RBI. Max Schrock walked four times and scored four runs with Joey Pankake adding three runs also.
Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery hurled five scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out four batters to pick up the win. Freshman right-hander Taylor Widener added two scoreless innings of relief and allowed just two hits and struck out two batters. Bucknell starter Bryson Hough lasted only 2.1 innings and suffered the loss. He allowed eight runs on six hits with four walks and a strikeout.
Two walks led to a pair of runs in the bottom of the first for the Gamecocks. Back-to-back walks to Marcus Mooney and Max Schrock opened the frame and a double to right field off the bat of Kyle Martin scored Mooney for the first run of the 2014 season. Greiner drove in Schrock with a RBI groundout to give South Carolina a 2-0 lead.
The Gamecocks increased their lead to 8-0 in the bottom of the third. Schrock drew a one-out walk and a pitch hit Pankake to give Carolina a pair of runners. Martin singled for his second hit of the day and scored Schrock. With runners on the corners, Greiner doubled to right field and drove in his second run of the game as Pankake crossed home plate. Connor Bright increased South Carolina's lead to 6-0 as he knocked a ball to deep right for a double, bringing home Martin and Greiner. DC Arendas then sent a 2-0 pitch over the right field wall for a two-run homer, the first home run and runs batted in of his career.
South Carolina scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth despite not recording a hit. A throwing error by the Bucknell shortstop Greg Wasikowski scored Mooney and Schrock for the first two runs of the inning. The pair reached base after being hit by a pitch and a drawing a walk, respectively. With Pankake on base, Martin and Greiner drew consecutive walks, loading the bases and a third walk to Bright would score Pankake. Bright's three RBI tied a career-high. Arendas added a RBI and Greiner scored on a wild pitch. Elliott Caldwell would bring home Greiner with a sacrifice fly to center field giving the Gamecocks a 14-0 lead.
Carolina added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Mooney singled to open frame, and consecutive walks to Schrock, his fourth of the day, and Pankake loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Brison Celek also drew a walk, allowing Mooney to score. A balk would bring Schrock home and pinch-hitter Gene Cone drove in the final run of the inning extending Carolina's cushion to 17 runs.
Bucknell would get on the board in the top of the eighth after a pair of walks, a single and a fielder's choice allowed Brett Smith to score. The Bison would add three more in the ninth inning including a homer from Anthony Ginerelli.
Gamecocks Sweep Doubleheader with 12-2 Victory Over Bucknell
Seventh ranked South Carolina tallied 12 hits off the bats of seven different players including a 3-for-4 game from Tanner English who tripled and drove in a career-high five runs as the Gamecocks earned a 12-2 victory over Bucknell to sweep a doubleheader and clinch the series against the Bison.
Sophomore right fielder Connor Bright went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI and three runs scored. Junior catcher Grayson Greiner accounted for a pair of RBI and two hits as well while Joey Pankake and DC Arendas each scored a pair of runs. Eight of nine position starters had at least one hit.
South Carolina sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop earned the win in his first start of the year. He worked five innings and allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and a career-high six strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Curt Britt added 2.1 scoreless innings of relief allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out three batters. Bucknell starting pitcher Dan Weigel worked four-plus innings and allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
The Gamecocks broke ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. After drawing four walks in the first game of the doubleheader, Max Schrock found his way on base again with a one-out walk. He would advance to third base on a throwing error by Bucknell third baseman Will Mooney and score on Kyle Martin's RBI sacrifice fly to center.
South Carolina extended the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the second. Connor Bright opened the frame with a double. With one out and runners on the corners, Tanner English drove in Bright with a base hit down the left field line. Marcus Mooney followed with a perfect sacrifice squeeze bunt allowing DC Arendas to score. Schrock added a RBI single to score English.
Bucknell cut the Gamecock lead in half in the third inning. Corey Furman hit a solo homer and Jon Mayer tallied a RBI double to bring the Bison within a pair of runs.
South Carolina chased Weigel in the bottom of the fifth inning. Joey Pankake reached base with an infield single and Kyle Martin walked to put a pair of runners on base with no outs. After a wild pitch advanced both into scoring position, Grayson Greiner crushed a double off the wall in center field scoring both and putting Carolina in front by four runs.
The Gamecocks increased their lead to 8-2 in the bottom of the seventh after a pair of walks to Bright and Arendas and a two-run triple off the bat of Tanner English.
South Carolina added four more runs in the bottom of the eighth. With the bases loaded, Bright knocked 0-2 pitch to right field for a base hit that drove in both Pankake and Martin. Arendas drew a two-out walk that loaded the bases and set the stage for English who singled to gap in left-center, brining home Greiner and Bright.
South Carolina and Bucknell close out the weekend series on Sunday afternoon at Carolina Stadium with first pitch set for 12:30 p.m.