Gamecocks win 6-1 over USC Upstate - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Gamecocks win 6-1 over USC Upstate

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

COLUMBIA, SC – A four-run fifth inning helped lift eighth-ranked South Carolina to a 6-1 win over USC Upstate on Wednesday night in non-conference action at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 32-10 on the year while the loss drops the Spartans to 14-30.

Kyle Martin went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Joey Pankake went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Martin tied a career-high in hits as did Gene Cone, who went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. The top four hitters in the Gamecock lineup recorded all 11 hits in the contest for Carolina.

Sophomore right-hander Curt Britt earned the win in relief and improves to 2-0 on the year. Britt worked 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Senior right-hander Hunter Privette added three perfect innings of relief, striking out two batters. Starting pitcher Eric Birklund suffers the loss for USC Upstate and falls to 0-7 on the year.

The Spartans broke ahead 1-0 in the first inning taking advantage of a pair of Gamecock errors. After Tyler Lesch drew a leadoff walk, AJ Mackey reached base on a fielding error by Joey Pankake, pushing Lesch to second and both runners then advanced on a throwing error by Logan Koch. Luke Weber drove in Lesch with a RBI sacrifice fly to right field.

South Carolina mounted some offense in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs and claiming the lead. After a pair of walks to Tanner English and Marcus Mooney, the Gamecocks attempted a double steal but English was thrown out at third base.

With a runner still in scoring position, Gene Cone singled to center field and drove in Mooney to tie the game at 1-1. Back-to-back singles off the bats of Joey Pankake and Kyle Martin then loaded the bases and a walk to Grayson Greiner brought home another run for the Garnet and Black. With two outs and the bases still load a popup off the bat of Patrick Harrington was dropped by Upstate third baseman Brian Thompson allowing two more runs to score and give the Gamecocks a 4-1 lead.

The Gamecocks pushed across two more runs in the seventh inning to take a 6-1 lead. A pair of 1-out singles from Cone and Pankake put two runners on for Kyle Martin who ripped a double down the right field line, scoring Cone. Harrington then reached base on a fielding error that allowed Pankake to come home.

South Carolina returns to action on Friday, April 25 beginning a three-game SEC series with Alabama. First pitch for the series opener is set 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.

Follow WIS:    

Copyright 2014 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • SportsSPORTSMore>>

  • Boston bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics

    Boston bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:23:45 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-05-26 04:26:05 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ron Schwane). Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives between Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris (13) and Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018,...(AP Photo/Ron Schwane). Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives between Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris (13) and Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018,...
    LeBron's 44 points leads Cavs to 109-99 win, forces Game 7.More >>
    LeBron's 44 points leads Cavs to 109-99 win, forces Game 7.More >>
  • Astros rally vs Miller, pour it on for 11-2 win over Indians

    Astros rally vs Miller, pour it on for 11-2 win over Indians

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:23:30 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-05-26 04:25:55 GMT
    (AP Photo/David Dermer). Houston Astros' Jose Altuve celebrates after hitting a two-run double off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.(AP Photo/David Dermer). Houston Astros' Jose Altuve celebrates after hitting a two-run double off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland.
    Jose Altuve tied it in the eighth inning with a two-run double off Andrew Miller and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez's squeeze bunt, and the Houston Astros scored 11 times in the final two innings...More >>
    Jose Altuve tied it in the eighth inning with a two-run double off Andrew Miller and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez's squeeze bunt, and the Houston Astros scored 11 times in the final two innings to beat the Cleveland Indians 11-2.More >>
  • Rockets lose ailing Chris Paul, vow to dig in for Game 6

    Rockets lose ailing Chris Paul, vow to dig in for Game 6

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:46 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:46:32 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-05-26 04:25:44 GMT
    (AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul wears the Santa Fe High School logo during the first half in Game 5 of the team's NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Houston, Thursday, Ma...(AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul wears the Santa Fe High School logo during the first half in Game 5 of the team's NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Houston, Thursday, Ma...
    Houston's Chris Paul will miss Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night because of a hamstring injury.More >>
    Houston's Chris Paul will miss Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night because of a hamstring injury.More >>
Powered by Frankly