No. 6 South Carolina 10, Ball State 0
COLUMBIA — Jack Wynkoop retired the first 16 batters he faced and No. 6 South Carolina (9-2) routed Ball State 10-0 on Tuesday.
USC, which got a three-run homer from Joey Pankake, will be without pitcher Jordan Montgomery, who is out at least two weeks with a lower distal humerus stress reaction in his throwing arm.
USC faces Ball State (5-5) again at 4 p.m. today.
Graham Saiko went 3 for 4 with an RBI, Tanner English went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Dante Rosenberg was 2 for 5 with two RBIs for USC.
Wynkoop (2-0) allowed just two hits in six innings of work with no walks and struck out five batters to earn the win.
South Carolina broke ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning. Connor Bright led off the inning with a base hit up the middle followed by a single off the bat of Dante Rosenberg. With one out, Tanner English would drive a base hit into the gap in right-center scoring Bright. That was followed by another single into right field from Graham Saiko scoring Rosenberg. With two outs, a wild pitch and a passed ball would score English giving the Gamecocks a three-run lead.
Carolina extended the lead to 4-0 in the third inning. LB Dantzler was hit by a pitch to open the inning and Max Schrock singled to give Carolina a pair of runners on base. After a sacrifice from Bright moved the runners into scoring position, Dante Rosenberg would drive in Dantzler with a RBI groundout.
A three-run blast from Pankake gave Carolina a seven-run lead in the fourth inning. After a one-out single from Saiko and a walk to Vergason, Pankake knocked a 1-0 pitch from Bautista over the left-centerfield wall for his first homer of the season.
USC made it 8-0 in the sixth inning. Three walks loaded the bases and led to a run as Dante Rosenberg knocked a two-out base hit to the left side as the infield could not come up with a throw as Rosenberg made his way down the line for an infield single scoring Pankake. The lead increased to 9-0 in the seventh inning as pinch hitters TJ Costen and George Iskenderian each walked with one out and scored on a two-out RBI single from Brison Celek. A two-out infield single for Tanner English made it 10-0 in the eighth inning after Sean Sullivan walked and advanced on a pair of wild pitches.
All nine Gamecock position starters reached base at least once. Pankake scored a pair of runs along with his homer. Dantzler extended his hitting streak to eight games.