COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Top ranked South Carolina broke out to a three-run lead in the first two innings and six pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout as the Gamecocks defeated Furman 5-0 on Tuesday night at Carolina Stadium. South Carolina improves to 16-0 on the year with its ninth shutout of the season. Carolina has shut out four consecutive opponents. Furman drops to 6-10 on the season.
Freshman right-hander Taylor Widener earned his first career win in a predetermined split. He allowed just a hit and two walks in 3.1 innings. Trey McNickle, Josh Reagan, Reed Scott, Hunter Privette and Cody Mincey all had scoreless outings as well. The Gamecock bullpen has not allowed a run in 47.2 innings dating back to the first game of the season. Furman left-hander Billy Greenfield suffered the loss and is 1-1 on the year. He allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits in 3.2 innings.
The Gamecocks broke ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Connor Bright reached base on a one-out single, Grayson Greiner drew a two-out walk and Elliot Caldwell knocked a RBI single up the middle to score Bright.
That lead increased to 3-0 as Carolina took advantage of a pair of Furman errors. DC Arendas walked with one out and advanced to second on a failed pickoff by Greenfield. He would score on Tanner English's two-out single to right field. After Marcus Mooney reached on a fielding error by Furman third baseman Chris Ohmsted, the Gamecocks scored the third run on an RBI double off the bat of Bright, his team-leading ninth of the season.
Caldwell's second RBI hit of the evening increased the lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning. Greiner would knock a two-out double to left-center and score on Caldwell's base hit up the middle. Kyle Martin added a solo homer in the seventh inning to give the Gamecocks a 5-0 advantage. Martin's homer was his third of the year.
Caldwell went 3-for-4 to lead the Gamecocks at the plate. Bright added two hits as well.