Gamecock Baseball Rolls Over The Weekend

Ray Tanner's South Carolina Gamecock baseball team got off to an impressive start over the weekend with a three game sweep of Charleston Southern at Columbia's Sarge Frye Field. After touting the potential firepower of his Yardbirds' bats in the preseason, Tanner's Troops came out firing ...

Zac McCamie pitched seven innings of two hit baseball and Steve Pearce supplied all the offense McCamie needed with a first inning home run Sunday as South Carolina shut out Charleston Southern 3-0 to sweep a three game weekend college baseball series.

The pitcher's duel between McCamie (1-0) and CSU left-hander Brad Bissell (0-1) was in sharp contrast to the Saturday game which the Gamecocks won 38-0 and set or tied 11 school records.

The start of the Sunday game, like the Saturday contest, was delayed by rain. Sunday's contest began an hour and a half late and ended just before heavy rains returned. The Friday contest began five hours and 23 minutes late and didn't end until 10 p.m.

On Saturday night, South Carolina sent 30 batters to the plate in the first two innings and batted around in two others, setting at least half a dozen school records to crush Charleston Southern 38-0. The lopsided win improved the Gamecock record to 2-0 at the time. The scheduled 1:30 p.m. start of the Saturday game was delayed five hours and 23 minutes by rain, and lasted three hours and six minutes.

The 38 runs tied a record set in a 38-16 win over Clemson in 1997. Other records set included 11 doubles, 35 hits, 37 runs batted in, 71 total bases and margin of victory. The hits also included two triples and seven home runs.

Steve Pearce and Kevin Melillo hit two home runs apiece and had seven runs bated in apiece. Other home runs were by Brendan Winn, Michael Campbell and Hank Parks. The Parks homer came with the bases loaded.

The Gamecocks scored in every inning Saturday except the fifth, with seven in the first, 14 in the second, two each in the third and fourth, three in the sixth, seven in the seventh and three in the eighth.

In Friday's action Steven Tolleson had three hits, including a two run homer, and Aaron Rawl allowed three hits and one run over six innings Friday as seventh ranked South Carolina opened the 2004 college baseball season with a 3-2 win over Charleston Southern.

South Carolina resumes action at 3 p.m. this coming Friday when UNC-Wilmington comes to Sarge Frye Field for a three game weekend series. The Gamecocks continue their non-conference schedule which includes a home and home series against arch rival Clemson on March 6 and 7. SEC Conference play begins March 19 when the LSU Tigers come to town.

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