Alex Destino's homer lifts No. 12 South Carolina to sweep of Northeastern
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- No. 12 South Carolina completed the series sweep with a 6-4 victory against Northeastern on Sunday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks improve to 6-1 on the season with their sixth consecutive win. Northeastern drops to 2-4 on the year.
Carolina produced a season-high 13 hits on the day, including multi-hit performances from freshman Alex Destino (3-for-4), senior Elliott Caldwell (3-for-4), sophomore Jordan Gore (2-for-5) and sophomore Gene Cone (2-for-5). Destino also drove in three runs, all coming on his second home run of the season in the fifth inning.
Freshman reliever Clarke Schmidt (2-0) earned his second win of the season, working 2.1 innings and giving up one run and five hits while striking out three.
The Huskies finished the contest with 15 hits, including a 5-for-5 effort from Pat Madigan and two-hit afternoons from Michael Foster and Nolan Lang.
Northeastern took its first lead of the series with a two-run first inning. The Huskies strung together four consecutive two-out singles, including RBI singles by Nick Fanneron and Lang, to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
The Gamecocks cut Northeastern's lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first. Cone led off the inning with a single to right field and later scored on a wild pitch by Northeastern starter James Mulry. Cone has hit safely in all seven games this year and has an eight-game hitting streak dating back to last season.
Carolina took control of the game in the fifth with a five-run outburst. Gore and Caldwell each had an RBI single to give Carolina a 3-2 lead. Destino then highlighted the inning by blasting a three-run home run to right field to extend the Gamecocks lead to 6-2.
The Huskies cut Carolina's lead to 6-3 in the sixth, as Lang scored on a sacrifice fly by Joey Scambia.
Foster made it a 6-4 ballgame in the ninth as he scored on a wild pitch by Gamecock reliever Taylor Widener. However, Widener bounced back to retire the next three batters to seal the win and pick up his second save of the season.