COLUMBIA -- The fourth-ranked South Carolina baseball team batted around in the second inning to score six runs, and sophomore right-hander Patrick Sullivan worked a career-high six innings to earn his second win of the year as the Gamecocks defeated Charleston Southern, 11-1, on Wednesday night at Carolina Stadium.
In his second start of the season, Sullivan limited Charleston Southern (25-24) to one run on six hits with six strikeouts and one walk. The six strikeouts also tied a career high.
CSU starter Levin Mauldin (0-4) lasted only 1 1/3 innings to take the loss. He allowed five runs. The Gamecocks (39-10) on four hits with a pair of walks. He is now 0-4 for the season.
The Buccaneers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jaren Sustar doubled and scored on Walt Quattlebaum's single.
That lead would be short-lived though, as the Gamecocks got out in front of CSU with six runs in the bottom of the second.
After Jake Williams led off with a walk, Adrian Morales laced a double down the left field line. Evan Marzilli then drove both in with a single up the middle. A one-out single by DeSean Anderson gave the Gamecocks a pair of runners again. Peter Mooney would put Carolina ahead by two runs with a double to the gap in left-center to score Marzilli. When Scott Wingo walked, CSU catcher Blake Hunt could not handle an inside pitch and Anderson scored on a passed ball. After a wild pitch scored Mooney, the Gamecocks scored their sixth run of the inning on Brady Thomas' two-out RBI single.
The Gamecocks increased their lead to 10-1 in the fifth inning.
South Carolina finished with 11 hits on the night. Brady Thomas was 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Peter Mooney tallied two hits and had a career-high three RBIs as well. Adrian Morales had two hits as well.
South Carolina's 11 runs marked the ninth time this season that USC has scored 10 or more runs. South Carolina returns to action Friday when the Gamecocks host Arkansas at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Buccaneers next host Presbyterian on Friday at 2 p.m.