After a short delay to the first game of the midweek series versus Ball State, the Gamecocks got the offense rolling in a 10-0 win Tuesday night.
As the teams waited for the umpires to enter the field to begin the game, South Carolina looked loose outside its dugout with Joey Pankake using the time to practice his pitching while Colby Holmes served as his umpire. Holmes also roamed the first-base stands in good spirits, talking to friends and fans during the short delay, showing that the identity of this team hasn’t changed much with the departure of Michael Roth, Christian Walker, and the likes.
The laid back Gamecocks jumped on the Cardinals early and often, scoring in all but two of their innings at the plate. A three-run second inning set the tone of the game, as the Cardinals looked sloppy and sluggish at the start as predicted in the game preview earlier today. A three-run home run from Joey Pankake in the fourth inning essentially put the game away, giving the Gamecocks a seven run lead that they would soon extend to ten before game’s end.
As rain fell steadily on the field at Carolina Stadium, Jack Wynkoop worked the Ball State batters and delivered another standout performance on the mound. Wynkoop pitched a perfect 5.1 innings before Ball State found their first hit in the sixth inning. Wynkoop would go on to give up another hit in the inning but kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard, ending his night with six innings of work and giving up two hits, no walks, and five strikeouts.
Vince Fiori, Joel Seddon, and Forrest Koumas all saw time on the mound during the game and kept the shut-out intact. By the seventh inning, most of the starting line-up for the Gamecocks had been substituted as South Carolina cruised to a comfortable win.
Despite one of the better batter walk-up songs on the team, Shon Carson struggled in his first start for the Gamecocks, ending his night 0-3 with three strikeouts, a HBP, and stranding four runners.
Game two of the series against Ball State will get underway at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Carolina Stadium. Curt Britt will take the mound in his first career start for the Gamecocks.
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