No. 11 South Carolina 8, Davidson 0
COLUMBIA - South Carolina broke open a one-run game with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and five Gamecock pitchers combined for a six-hit shutout in a victory over Davidson on Tuesday night in non-conference action at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks improved to 31-10, while Davidson fell to 23-11. It was the 12th shutout of the season for South Carolina.
With a 1-0 lead, the Gamecocks tacked on six runs in the bottom half of the sixth, sending 10 batters to the plate in the process. Six consecutive batters reached base to open the inning. Joey Pankake led off with a single and Kyle Martin walked to put a pair of runners on base. Grayson Greiner drove in Pankake with an RBI double down the left-field line, and Patrick Harrington brought home Martin on an RBI infield single.
DC Arendas added an RBI bunt for a base hit. Harrington eventually scored on a passed ball and Gene Cone added a fielder's choice to plate home the last run as the Gamecocks built a seven-run lead. Carolina added a run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly from Greiner.
Four of the five Gamecock pitchers were freshmen in the contest. South Carolina freshman right-hander Taylor Widener (3-0_ earned the win in relief with three perfect innings with four strikeouts. South Carolina starter Reed Scott worked four-plus innings without allowing a run. He limited the Wildcats to five hits and one walk while striking out one batter. Freshmen lefties Josh Reagan and John Parke also saw action with senior right-hander Hunter Privette closing the game out. Davidson starter Clark Beeker suffered the loss and is 2-2 for the season. He allowed one run on three hits in three innings of work.
Eight of nine Gamecocks had at least one hit with Arendas and Logan Koch each with two for the evening. Sam Foy went 2-for-3 to lead Davidson.
"I was very concerned coming into the game today, Davidson is having a really good year and they're at the top of their league," said South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook. "They didn't have a chance to play much this weekend because of the weather, and we got taken to the limit by Auburn. We weren't as well-stacked in the bullpen and we had to start a young guy against a veteran team.
"I was concerned going into the game but Reed (Scott) kept them at bay there for four innings and pitched very well. He mixed his pitches, threw strikes and kept them off the scoreboard. Taylor (Widener) came in and I thought had his best stuff of the year, he was lighting the gun up pretty well. He has a chance to be a special player here and I think we saw a glimpse of that tonight."
The Gamecocks continue the homestand on Wednesday hosting USC Upstate. First pitch is 7 p.m.