Gamecocks Open Series With 10-0 Win Over Ball State

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Game two of the series set for Wednesday at 4 p.m.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Ball State (5-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
South Carolina (9-2) 0 3 1 3 0 1 1 1 X 10 14 0

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Columbia, SC March 5, 2013 – Freshman left-hander Jack Wynkoop retired the first 16 batters he faced and was backed by an offense that pounded out 14 hits as sixth ranked South Carolina upended Ball State 10-0 on Tuesday evening in the first of a two-game baseball series at Carolina Stadium. It is the Gamecocks third shutout victory in the last four games. The series concludes on Wednesday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. Live video broadcast is available at GamecocksOnline.com. The game can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station 107.5 FM, “The Game.”

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Wynkoop allowed just two hits in six innings of work with no walks and struck out five batters to earn the win. He is now 2-0 on the year. Ball State starting pitcher Nestor Bautista worked 3.1 innings and allowed seven runs, six earned, on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts. His record drops to 0-2 for the season.

South Carolina broke ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning. Connor Bright led off the inning with a base hit up the middle followed by a single off the bat of Dante Rosenberg. With one out, Tanner English would drive a base hit into the gap in right-center scoring Bright. That was followed by another single into right field from Graham Saiko scoring Rosenberg. With two outs, a wild pitch and a passed ball would score English giving the Gamecocks a three-run lead.

Carolina extended the lead to 4-0 in the third inning. LB Dantzler was hit by a pitch to open the inning and Max Schrock singled to give Carolina a pair of runners on base. After a sacrifice from Bright moved the runners into scoring position, Dante Rosenberg would drive in Dantzler with a RBI groundout.

A three-run homer from Joey Pankake gave Carolina a seven-run lead in the fourth inning. After a one-out single from Saiko and a walk to Vergason, Pankake knocked a 1-0 pitch from Bautista over the left-centerfield wall for his first homer of the season.

Carolina made it 8-0 in the sixth inning. Three walks loaded the bases and led to a run as Dante Rosenberg knocked a two-out base hit to the left side as the infield could not come up with a throw as Rosenberg made his way down the line for an infield single scoring Pankake. The lead increased to 9-0 in the seventh inning as pinch hitters TJ Costen and George Iskenderian each walked with one out and scored on a two-out RBI single from Brison Celek. A two-out infield single for Tanner English made it 10-0 in the eighth inning after Sean Sullivan walked and advanced on a pair of wild pitches.

All nine Gamecock position starters reached base at least once. Graham Saiko went 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. English went 2-for-3 with two RBI and has reached base safely in all 11 games on the year. Dante Rosenberg was 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. Joey Pankake scored a pair of runs along with his three-run homer. Dantzler extended his hitting streak to eight games.

South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook announced after the game that sophomore left-hander Jordan Montgomery will be shut down for two weeks from pitching due to a stress reaction to his left arm.


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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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