No. 17 South Carolina 15, Wofford 1
COLUMBIA - South Carolina belted out 11 hits and also reached base with 12 walks and three hit by pitches on the way to a win over Wofford on Wednesday night at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks improved to 36-13, while the Terriers dropped to 25-25.
Five Gamecock pitchers combined to limit the Terriers to just five hits on the evening. Sophomore right-hander Curt Britt (3-0) earned the win with two innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits. Wofford starter Jordan Accetta (3-3) suffered the loss and allowed five runs on four hits, along with four walks, in 1.2 innings.
South Carolina batted around in the second inning to build a 5-0 lead against the Terriers. Grayson Greiner started it with a leadoff homer to left field, his team-leading eighth inning of the season. A walk to Joey Pankake and a pair of bunt singles by Tanner English and DC Arendas loaded the bases with no outs. Gene Cone walked to score Pankake, and Patrick Harrington and Marcus Mooney both lifted sacrifice flies to score English and Arendas. Max Schrock drove in Cone with a two-out RBI double.
Pankake's solo homer in the bottom of the third inning increased the Gamecock advantage to six runs. Pankake drove a 2-0 pitch from Wofford reliever Elliott Lance into the left-field stands for his fourth home run of the season.
Seth Neely put Wofford on the scoreboard in the sixth inning with a solo home run, his ninth homer of the season, cutting the Gamecocks lead to 6-1.
South Carolina answered in the bottom half of the sixth though and batted around for a second time scoring six runs despite just one hit in the frame. Mooney reached base on a fielding error by Wofford shortstop Derek Hirsch and eventually scored on a wild pitch. After two-out walks to Greiner and Pankake, English reached base to load the base on a fielding error by Eric Brenk. Consecutive walks to Arendas and Cone scored a pair of runs, as did back-to-back hit by pitches on Patrick Harrington and Mooney. Schrock also drove in a run with a infield single as the Gamecocks pushed the lead to 12-1.
Carolina would score three more runs in the eighth inning. Logan Koch and Jordan Gore each walked followed by a base hit by English to load the bases again. Arendas walked for the second time to score Koch, a double play ball scored Gore, and Harrington drive in English with a two-out RBI single.
Schrock, playing in his first game since April 16, was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Arendas, English and Greiner had two hits apiece as well. Both Pankake and English scored three runs. Harrington drove in a career-high three runs.
South Carolina begins a three-game home series vs. Missouri on Friday night. First pitch is 7 p.m.