South Carolina scores early and often, defeats High Point in a blowout
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- No. 5 South Carolina scored 10 runs in the first three innings on the way to an 11-3 victory against High Point on Wednesday at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 9-3 on the year while the loss drops the Panthers to 2-8.
The Gamecocks belted out 12 hits with Alex Destino 3-for-5 with two RBI, Kyle Martin 2-for-4 and a homer and four RBI and DC Arendas and Marcus Mooney with two hits apiece as well. Martin homered as did Max Schrock. Gene Cone walked three times and scored three runs with Arendas and Mooney adding two runs each also.
Junior right-hander Preston Johnson earned the win in relief, retiring all 11 batters he faced. He worked 3.2 scoreless innings allowing no hits or walks and struck out a career-high five batters. High Point starter Peter Ripke suffered the loss and is now 0-1 on the year. He allowed six runs on five hits in one-plus inning of work.
Martin and Schrock each tallied two-run homers to give the Gamecocks a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Carolina added three runs in the second with Destino driving in a pair with a two-run single with the bases loaded and Schrock adding a sac fly.
A three-run third inning featured a RBI single from Elliott Caldwell and a two-run base hit courtesy of Martin, who tied his career-high with four RBI in the contest. Marcus Mooney would add a sac fly in the bottom of the fourth.