Gamecock Deja Vu - USC 10 Duquesne 2

The bad weather finally gave way for the Gamecocks and the Dukes Sunday, but the result was the same. A 3 run homer from Harley Lail keyed South Carolina's rout of Duquesne by a 10-2 score for a second straight game, and their third double digit win in the series, their sixth double digit win in ten games this season.

For the weekend, South Carolina outscored Duquesne 35-8. The only negative for the Gamecocks this weekend, was that they once again sported their new Sunday "armpit" uniforms.

"I thought we played well this weekend," said Ray Tanner. "I think that they are going to do well in the Atlantic-10. Our hit total today doesn't show that we did, but [Grant] Gillespie pitched well. I was pleased with our weekend."

The scoring started in the second inning. A walk, a single, and an error loaded the bases with nobody out. DeAngelo Mack drew a walk on a full count, to score Kyle Enders and get the Gamecocks on the board. Whit Merrifield hit a chopper to second that scored James Darnell. For the inning, Carolina scored two runs on one hit, 2 walks, an error, and a fielder's choice.

Carolina broke the game open in the fifth inning. Reese Havens led off with a single, and scored on a single by Enders. With two outs and two men on, Lail blasted the first pitch over the wall in left center, giving the Gamecocks a 6-0 lead.

"Coach told us to be aggressive," Lail said. "The bat before he started me off with a curveball. I was thinking he was going to throw a curveball but instead he threw a fastball and I picked it up out of the hand. It was that pitch I wanted, so I was being aggressive and put a good swing on it."

Carolina added two runs in the sixth inning and a run each in the seventh and eight to round out the scoring. Duquesne was held scoreless until the eighth inning, when the Dukes got a pair of runs.

Equally important to the scoring, Carolina got solid outings from their starting pitchers. With six consecutive games, Tanner cannot afford to go to the bullpen too early. He got six scoreless innings from Blake Cooper Sunday, and was able to use little used pitchers Will Casey and Keegan Linza (second appearance each) and Heath Hembree (first appearance) to close out the game. Alex Farotto also pitched 0.2 of an inning. Craig Thomas will get the start Monday against Presbyterian. Against Yale, Sam Godwin will take the mound Tuesday, and Sam Dyson will go Wednesday.

"They need to stretch it out a little bit," said Tanner. "We travel on Thursday, and we've got some guys in the bullpen that can pitch, but three days in a row? It needs to be a good week."

Scott Wingo had an unusual game for Carolina. He came to the plate four times, but was not credited with an official at bat despite reaching base all four times. He was hit by a pitch once, and walked three times. For the season, he has six hits for a .300 average, 12 walks, and been hit by a pitch 9 times, for .643 on base percentage.

"It's remarkable," Tanner said. "We saw it in the fall, that he had a knack to get on base, but he didn't swing the bat real well. He's been able to swing the bat a little bit here in the early going and he's continuing to reach base. He's been great."

Note:

- Monday's game against Presbyterian is a makeup for the cancelled Gardner-Webb game. General admission ticket to the canceled Gardner-Webb game can be used at any game. Reserved (chair-back seats) tickets, must be used for the Presbyterian game on Monday at 7 PM.

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