Power Outage - Yale Short Circuits USC 5-3
South Carolina scored a combined 35 runs in the three game weekend series against Duquesne, but has scored just five runs in the two games since. They key statistic in those two games is runners stranded. The Gamecocks stranded 13 against Presbyterian, and 9 against Yale. In each of the first five innings Tuesday night, Carolina had a man on base with one or no outs, but only scored on a solos homer by Harley Lail in the second.
"Tonight was a simple equation: Yale came in here and five-hit us," Ray Tanner said after the game. "It's hard to win a game getting five hits. That was the bottom line."
Yale took the lead in the fourth inning on runs by Gant Elmore and Jake Doyle. The Bulldogs chased starter Nick Godwin, but reliever Parker Bangs shut down any further scoring chance. Yale got another run in the fifth when Bangs was called for a balk with Josh Cox on third. With two outs and 2 strikes on batter Andrew Moore, runner Elmore took off for second on the pitch. Catcher Phil Disher stood up when Elmore took off, forcing Bangs to hang onto his pitch and get called for a balk. That sent Cox home, and gave Yale a 3-1 lead.
"That was Disher's fault," said Tanner. "The hitter stepped out, and Disher stood up, and Parker was in his delivery. He either had to balk or try to throw it to a catcher that was standing up. It was just a mistake."
The Gamecocks twice cut the deficit to one run, but the Bulldogs answered both times. In the sixth inning, Andrew Crisp scored Kyle Enders on a single to left. Ryan Lavarnway wasted no time answering for Yale when he led off the seventh with a solo shot. DeAngelo Mack pulled Carolina back to within 4-3 with a towering home run in bottom of the inning, but the Gamecocks could not add to the momentum. Yale tacked on an insurance run in the ninth when P.J Gorynski drew a two out walk, stole second, and then scored on a single.
"I'm disappointed, but I don't want to take anything away from Yale," Tanner said. "They did a nice job on the mound tonight. We just got beat. We didn't do enough to win, give Yale credit."
- After getting his only hit in his final at bat against Presbyterian, Reese Havens wasted no time in continuing his hit streak Tuesday night. Havens singled in his first at bat against Yale for his twelfth straight game with a hit.
- Bangs had a career-high seven strikeouts. In his three appearances entering the game, he had a total of seven strikeouts.
- The two teams meet again Wednesday night at 7 PM. Sam Dyson will get the start for Carolina. Yale has not yet announced a starter.
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