The rain in Columbia may have delayed the game and dampened the ground, but it didn’t water down the Yardcocks’ offense, as USC rolled to a 7-0 win over Furman Wednesday night.
Before we get on with things, let me just mention this: Christian Walker and Colby Holmes did not play tonight, but occupied themselves in the dugout by making a sniper gun and binoculars out of items in the dugout (a Fungo bat, Gatorade cups, and athletic tape).
Considering this team has had the Avatar spirit stick and “Fear The Fish”, I guess nothing should surprise us anymore. Now back to our regularly scheduled recap.
Carolina got on the board in the bottom of the first thanks to an RBI single from LB Dantzler. They held a 1-0 lead until the fifth inning, when Evan Marzilli launched a three-run bomb, his sixth homer of the year. That was more than enough insurance for the Cocks, but they added three more runs before all was said and done. Dantzler added another RBI single and Kyle Martin had a sac fly RBI in the seventh, then Marzilli notched an RBI single in the eighth. Interestingly, there didn’t seem to be any Furman fans complaining about the score being run up (take tips, Arkansas).
Freshman starter Joel Seddon had a solid outing, throwing five shut out innings and allowing only two hits. He issued only one walk and struck out four batters, which tied a career-high. Seddon also earned the win and is now 2-0 on the season.
Nolan Belcher, Patrick Sullivan, and Logan Munson combined for the other four scoreless inngs and gave up just two hits total. They tallied two walks (both from Belcher) and four strikeouts. Paladins starter Ben Carlson lasted only three innings and took the loss, dropping his record to 1-5.
The Cocks outhit Furman 9-4. Marzilli led USC at the plate, going 3-for-5. Chris Ohmstead was the leader for the Paladins and went 2-4. The Gamecocks left eight runners on base, while Furman stranded seven.
The Yardcocks are now 37-12 on the season. South Carolina’s next game will be in Friday at Georgia. First pitch is set for 7 ET and Michael Roth will start on the mound.