Cougars Silence Gamecocks, 9-0, In One-Hit Shutout

Cougars Silence Gamecocks, 9-0, In One-Hit Shutout
Courtesy: USC Athletics

COLUMBIA, SC - Evan Sisk (Chester, S.C.) and Justin Baker (Huntersville, N.C.) combined for a one-hit shutout, and four Cougars drove in multiple runs to lead the College of Charleston baseball team to a 9-0 shutout victory over South Carolina on Wednesday evening at Spirit Communications Park.

College of Charleston (34-16) held an opponent scoreless for the seventh time this season, equaling the program's single-season record for shutouts set by the 1994 Cougars. Charleston pushed across nine runs on 15 hits, including four for extra bags, while limiting South Carolina (28-20) to a fourth-inning single. The win also marks the Cougars' sixth win over a Power Five program this season – including four shutouts.

Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.) set the tone with a leadoff home run on the second pitch of the game and finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Bradley Dixon (Greenwood, S.C.) went 3-for-4 with a two-run single in the fourth, as Luke Manzo (Marietta, Ga.) and Tommy Richter (Wayne, Pa.) both collected two hits – including a leadoff triple for Richter in the third – while each drove in two. Clay Hunt (Fort Mill, S.C.) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Danny Wondrack (Wall, N.J.) added a pair of singles.

Sisk stole the show with seven shutout innings, holding the Gamecocks to one hit while striking out five en route to his ninth win of the season. He allowed only four base runners (two walks, one hit-by-pitch), and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth with a two-out strikeout. Baker tossed two perfect innings with three strikeouts to close it out.

Justin Row collected the lone base knock for the Gamecocks with a two-out single in the fourth. Carlos Cortes and Jonah Bride each reached via a walk, while LT Tolbert got on via a hit-by-pitch to load the bases in the fourth as well.

Carmen Mlodzinski struck out six in three and one-third innings, but allowed five runs on seven hits to take the loss. TJ Shook and Graham Lawson combined for four runs on four hits in the next one and two-thirds, before John Gilreath settled things down for the Gamecocks with two and one-third shutout innings. Parker Coyne and Hunter Lomas combined for the final one and two-thirds.

The Cougars return to the diamond on Tuesday, May 15 when they make the short trek to Joe Riley Park to take on The Citadel. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm.