Yardbird Juggernaut Still Untested - Starts 9-0

<b>Columbia, S.C.</b> - The University of South Carolina baseball team remains unchallenged. Junior left-hander Matt Campbell scattered five hits while striking out 11 in eight innings Sunday as the sixth-ranked Gamecocks defeated George Mason 5-0 to knock the Patriots from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Gamecocks are amassing some amazing stats and are no doubt looking forward to the coming week while in dire need of a fight, a test of their skills ...

South Carolina improved its record to 9-0 while dropping George Mason to 5-1 on the season as the Gamecocks dominated their own Round Robin Classic at The Sarge. SC had 13 strikeouts for the game giving them a total of 112 in 79 innings in the first nine games of the season. (Note: Two games were called early using the mercy rule.). During the same 112 strikeouts stretch, Gamecock pitchers have walked only 12 batters. The GMU shutout was the fifth in nine games and lowered the South Carolina pitching staff ERA to 1.25. The Gamecocks also played errorless baseball for the seventh time in nine games. South Carolina has committed only three errors and has a team fielding percentage of .991.

The Gamecocks are averaging more runs per game (13.2), than they have allowed their combined opponents to total thus far this season (1.2 per game, 11 total.).

A Sunday crowd of 4,403 was in attendance to see USC collect 10 hits, the eighth consecutive game in which the Gamecocks have had double digit hits. Landon Powell, Brendan Winn and Kevin Melillo each had two hits - Winn notching his fourth homerun of the season in the process..

The only contest so far in which the Gamecocks were held under 10 hits was the 3-2 season opening win over Charleston Southern when South Carolina had seven. The team batting average is .393. The Winn homer kept a string alive where the Gamecocks have homered at least once in every game this season giving them a nine game homer total of 24.

USC shut out Radford Saturday, 11-0 in game two of a double-header after having won an earlier game over Duquesne by a score of 20-2.

This Yardbird baseball team is clearly in need of a challenge. The next action for the Gamecocks is the 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon game at Sarge Frye Field verses Furman. That game will be the warmup for the Clemson home and home series that takes place next weekend - Saturday at Sarge Frye Field and Sunday at Clemson.

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