South Carolina Clinches Series in Win over Mercer
COLUMBIA, SC---It was a lovely day to play baseball in Columbia, South Carolina as the Gamecocks played the second game of a three game series against the visiting Mercer Bears.
In a competitive game, strong pitching and some early game offense ultimately made the difference as South Carolina shutout Mercer 4-0.
No. 14 South Carolina (9-0, 0-0 SEC) scored the game’s first run on a solo home run down the right field line by Josiah Sightler in the first inning. After the next two batters were walked, Joe Satterfield hit a two-RBI double to extend the Gamecocks lead to three runs at the end of the first.
After an explosive first inning, zeros filled the scoreboard until the seventh inning, as David Mendham hit an RBI double to score Brady Allen and give South Carolina a 4-0 lead, which would hold strong through the end of the game.
Mercer was simply outmatched against a Gamecock pitching staff that was firing on all cylinders tonight.
South Carolina starter Brannon Jordan allowed only one hit, striking out 11 batters and walking three in five innings of work. His relievers would allow four hits and strike out six more Mercer batters without allowing a walk.
With this win, the Gamecocks take the series against Mercer and look to sweep the series tomorrow at noon in Columbia.