Bullpen carries Gamecocks to 4-1 win

The University of South Carolina baseball team won its fifth consecutive game with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night, sweeping the two-game midweek series with Appalachian State.

The Gamecocks only managed five hits following their 20-hit performance Tuesday night. Most of the year, it's been the bats that have led the Gamecocks to their fifteen wins, but Wednesday it was a five inning shutout effort by the bullpen that led the charge.

Junior righthander Sean Wideberg got his first career start, but the JUCO transfer only lasted four innings, giving up one earned run and striking out three.

Senior Jeff Jeffords (1-0), who replaced Wideberg to start the fifth inning, threw two strong innings but struggled a bit in the fifth. After a meeting at the mound with Head Coach Ray Tanner, Jeffords settled in to earn his first win of the year.

Alex Farrato threw two strong innings, and Wynn Pelzer appeared to regain his old form, striking out two of the four batters he faced in the ninth to earn his first save of the year.

"We've got to keep getting better, but we looked good tonight" Farrato said following the win.

After the game, Tanner and hitting coach Monte Lee gave the hitters a 15 minute talk about their approach at the plate.

"We didn't single anyone out" Tanner said. "We just wanted to talk about their approach at the plate. We only got five hits tonight."

One of those five was a Harley Lail solo home run over the left field wall. Lail's first homer of the year gave the Gamecocks a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the sixth. USC added two more in the seventh after Trent Kline's RBI double scored James Darnell. Reese Havens was then hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Kline.

The Gamecocks, however, left the bases loaded when Lail popped up and Lonnie Chisenhall grounded out.

This weekend the Gamecocks are finally set to get SEC play underway, but Coach Tanner isn't too sure who will start on the mound against LSU on Sunday.

"(Harris) Honeycutt and (Mike) Cisco will start Friday and Saturday, and (Arik) Hempy could start Sunday, but we're not sure yet" Tanner said after the game.


- Jay Brown is out for this weekend's series against LSU and will be reevaluated next week.

- Tanner said Wideberg will "probably" be left off the roster this weekend after throwing over 70 pitches Wednesday night.

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