Honeycutt guides Gamecocks to Shutout Win

Harris Honeycutt's seven inning, three-hit performance led the Gamecocks to their sixth win of the season, defeating Eastern Michigan 6-0 in USC's 2007 debut at Sarge Frye Field. Honeycutt had a season high nine strikeouts, one walk, and gave up no runs to earn his third win of the season. Read inside for full story.

Honeycutt ran into trouble in the seventh inning when he got into a bases loaded, one out jam. However, two strikeouts later, he was out of the inning.

"I was just trying to get ahead of guys and get the hitters back up there," Honeycutt said. "I felt real good all day."

The junior from Fuquay-Varina, NC has not recorded a loss yet as a Gamecock, and he ran his career record to 11-0 with Friday's shutout victory.

A packed Sarge Frye Field got their first look at the 2007 squad and saw the Gamecocks struggle at the plate for five innings. However, the Gamecock bats finally came alive in the sixth inning when Phil Disher led off with a single, and Cheyne Hurst later added an RBI double to give the Gamecocks a 2-0 lead. Reese Havens followed up with an RBI single to right field, and later an error by Eastern Michigan second baseman Josh Ivan allowed two more runs to score.

Freshman standout Lonnie Chisenhall then added an RBI single, scoring Trent Kline to give the Gamecocks a 6-0 lead. Chisenhall continued his red-hot start to the 2007 season going 2-5, moving his hitting streak up to seven games.

"I just come ready to play everyday, and I guess so far it's just working out," Chisenhall said.

Hurst got the Gamecocks on the board in the second inning with one of his three hits, an RBI single to right field. However, the Gamecocks left the bases loaded when Travis Jones struck out looking. South Carolina left them loaded again in the third when Andrew Crisp grounded into an inning ending double play.

Over 4,000 Gamecock fans also got their first look at freshman pitcher Blake Cooper, who worked a scoreless eighth inning, leading the way for fellow freshman Nick Fuller to finish the game off with a perfect ninth inning performance.

"It was a great day and a great win" Coach Ray Tanner said following his team's victory. "I hope the crowd keeps coming out like this. We'll need their support."

Eastern Michigan starting pitcher Jeff Fischer kept the Gamecock hitters off balance for five innings before stumbling in the sixth. Senior George Biddle will start game two tomorrow for the Eagles, while Jay Brown (2-0) will get the start for the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks and Eagles have agreed to play a doubleheader on Saturday due to inclement weather expected on Sunday. Game two of the series will start at 1:30 p.m., and the third and final game of the weekend will start 35 minutes after the conclusion of game two.

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