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Sanders dominates on the mound as South Carolina defeats The Citadel

COLUMBIA, SC --- Looking to bounce back from a series loss against Vanderbilt this past weekend and regain their stride, it was all gas and no brakes for the Gamecocks in their 8-3 victory versus The Citadel Tuesday night.

With their win highlighted by a standout showing on the mound from freshman pitcher, Will Sanders, South Carolina earned their win streak back for the first time since March 12.

“I thought it was a really good night for us,” said South Carolina head coach Mark Kingston. “I thought we built on the momentum of the win Sunday, obviously it started with Will Sanders on the mound.”

From his first pitch to his final pitch, Sanders’ poise and control on the mound led him to a performance in which he gave up one earned run and secured his third career victory as a Gamecock. In a game where he pitched longer than his usual outings, Sanders racked up ten strikeouts while allowing one hit and one walk.

On the offensive side of the ball, Wes Clarke kicked off the game by tallying his eleventh home run of the season and propelling the Gamecocks to an early 2-0 lead.

The bats did not cool off from there, as South Carolina totaled nine hits and eight RBI’s on the evening.

This weekend South Carolina will take on Florida in their first home SEC series of the season, and coach Mark Kingston is feeling optimistic about the possibility of seeing Sanders on the mound once again this Sunday.

As for Sanders, he said he can be ready to go on Sunday with the implementation of a few key preparation tactics.

“I like to stretch a lot, which helps my body be ready to go after each day, and the study of linguistics will also help me be ready to go this weekend,” said Sanders.

The first game of South Carolina’s series versus Florida will be played at Founders Park at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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