COLUMBIA — Freshman right-hander Adam Hill struck out 11 batters in his first career outing as USC (4-0) won at Founders Park. App State fell to 0-4.
Hill threw six scoreless innings and allowed two hits and no walks. Josh Reagan followed with a scoreless inning and Colton Provey closed it out with two scoreless innings in the Gamecocks’ first shutout of the season.
South Carolina opened up a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Jonah Bride was hit by a pitch, Gene Cone bunted for a base hit and DC Arendas walked to load the bases with no outs. Marcus Mooney then lifted a fly ball to left field that went off of Tyler Stroup’s glove to score a pair of runs.
Cone went 3-for-4 with two runs and Bride was 1-for-2 with two runs as well. Mooney finished with two RBI also.
South Carolina will return to Founders Park on Wednesday for a matchup with Winthrop. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.