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Gamecocks rout Winthrop 16-4 for fifth straight win

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The South Carolina bats were hot Wednesday afternoon when Winthrop came to town. 

Led by Alex Destino, who went 3-for-4 on the day, the Gamecocks pummeled the visiting Eagles 16-4 to move to 5-0 on the year. 

"It was a good win for us," Gamecocks head coach Chad Holbrook said. "We told the guys after the game that that win will hopefully mean something later in the year from an RPI standpoint. Winthrop won 40 games a year ago, got a lot of guys back. I think they're picked to finish pretty high in the Big South. It was a good game to win."

South Carolina got off to a hot start early putting six runs on the board in the first including TJ Hopkins' 3-run homer to cap the scoring for the Gamecocks in the opening frame. 

Destino kept the scoring going in the second inning with a RBI single scoring Marcus Mooney making it 7-0. A double steal in the inning by Jonah Bride and Destino yielded the Gamecocks' eighth run of the game. 

Winthrop would post their first run of the game in the top of the fourth when Mark Lowrie singled home Roger Gonzalez to cut the lead to 8-1. 

The Eagles would add one more run of the evening in the top of the seventh on an error and two more in the final inning. 

As for the Gamecocks, they continued to pour it on throughout the contest. USC scored three in the sixth and five in the seventh. 

South Carolina will look to extend their winning streak to six when they host Penn State on Friday for the first of their three-game series.

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