COLUMBIA – Wil Crowe struck out 10 batters, and Kyle Martin and Jordan Gore drove in two runs each as the No. 10-ranked University of South Carolina baseball team defeated College of Charleston 7-1 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Carolina Stadium.
Crowe, a sophomore right-hander, dominated the Cougars, allowing four hits and three walks in 61/3 innings, and Vince Fiori followed with 22/3 hitless innings. Charleston scored in the third on a double by Tommy Richter followed by Champ Rowland’s RBI single, but Crowe held the Cougars at bay from there.
Martin, a senior who played at Wade Hampton High, had run-scoring singles in the Gamecocks’ four-run second and two-run sixth. He also scored USC’s first run in the first inning when he walked, moved to third on Alex Destino’s single and came home on a passed ball.
Gore doubled in two runs and scored in the second and in the sixth.
The Gamecocks also got two hits from Max Schrock. They finished with nine hits.
Both team’s records were 1-1. The Cougars won the season opener between the teams on Friday.