Sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop hurled 7.1 scorelessinnings and tallied a career-high 10 strikeouts as he combined with three otherGamecocks for a three-hit shutout as South Carolina blanked Eastern Kentucky2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks recorded theirfourth straight shutout of the season, the first time since 1972 and have nowshut out opponents for 42 straight innings. South Carolina is 6-0 on theyear while the Colonels fall to 1-5.
Junior catcher Grayson Greiner went 2-for-4 with a pairof RBI and hit his second home run of the season. Brison Celek and ElliotCaldwell each added a pair of hits and Connor Bright tallied his team-leadingfifth double of the season. Bright has hit safely in all six games this year.
Wynkoop improved to 2-0 on the season. He allowedonly three hits and one walk. Cody Mincey and Vince Fiori would eachretire a batter in the eighth inning with junior right-hander Joel Seddonearning his first save of the season as he closed it out with a perfect ninthinning with two strikeouts. Eastern Kentucky starter Tanner Perkins suffers theloss and is now 0-1 on the year. Perkins pitched six innings giving up two runson seven hits, two walks and struck out one batter.
Scoreless through five, the Gamecocks got on the board inthe bottom of the sixth taking a 2-0 lead over the Colonels. Connor Brightdoubled to left field, setting the stage for Grayson Greiner, who launched thefirst pitch he saw into the left field stands for a two-run homer.
The series concludes on Sunday at Carolina Stadium withfirst pitch set for 1:30 p.m. Live video broadcast is available atGamecocksOnline.com. The game can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Networkfrom IMG College including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game."