COLUMBIA - Sophomore Wes Clarke drove in a career-high seven runs with a pair of round trippers as the University of South Carolina baseball team scored eight runs in the first two innings in a 12-3 win over Northwestern Saturday afternoon (Feb. 22) at Founders Park.
The Gamecock bats then had five runs off five hits in the second, with Clarke’s home run to left the big blow in the frame.
Carolina starter Brett Kerry settled down to pitch six innings and allow seven hits and three runs with three strikeouts and a walk, earning his second win of the season.
- Clarke's seven RBI were two shy of a school record for a game, which is held by five different Gamecocks, most recently Justin Smoak on April 15, 2008 vs. USC Upstate.
- Clarke now has four home runs and 13 RBI on the season.
- George Callil drove in three runs in the win and has been hit by a pitch four times this season.
- Brett Thomas made his first appearance in a Gamecock uniform on the mound, striking out a batter in the ninth.
- Kerry picked up his sixth career win in a Gamecock uniform and has 80 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched.