Gamecocks drop midweek game against Davidson

Gamecocks drop midweek game against Davidson
Wes Clarke hit his 10th homer on the season in South Carolina's loss to Davidson on Wednesday (Source: South Carolina Athletics)

COLUMBIA - Davidson scored five runs in the third inning on its way to a 9-4 win over the University of South Carolina baseball team Wednesday night (March 17) at Founders Park.

Carolina struck first in the first as Josiah Sightler’s RBI single brought in Brady Allen. Davidson then put up five in the third, as Ryan Wilson and John Hosmer each drove in a pair of runs. Carolina answered with a run in the third on a David Mendham RBI single.

The Wildcats put up a pair in the second and one each in the fifth and sixth innings. Carolina plated a run in the fifth on Mendham’s sacrifice fly.

Carolina wrapped up the scoring in the seventh on Wes Clarke’s 10th home run of the season. Clarke, Jeff Heinrich and George Callil had two hits apiece.

Travis Luensmann took the loss for the Gamecocks, allowing three hits and two earned runs in a third of an inning. Parker Coyne had five strikeouts in 1.2 hitless innings while Wesley Sweatt struck out a pair in the ninth.

POSTGAME NOTES

Clarke is the first player in the country to 10 home runs after his seventh inning shot.

Will Sanders earned the start for the Garnet and Black, pitching the first inning with a strikeout. Daniel Lloyd had a pair of punchouts in his inning.

Carolina had nine pitchers on the night.

The game took 4:12, a season high.

UP NEXT

Carolina opens Southeastern Conference play this Friday (March 19) against No. 2 Vanderbilt. First pitch at Hawkins Field is set for 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CT).