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Tyler Bocock had two hits on Tuesday at No. 3 South Carolina.
by: David S. Williams
No. 3 South Carolina Downs Hatters, 7-1
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/04/2014
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COLUMBIA, S.C.—South Carolina’s Grayson Greiner and Joey Pankake combined for five RBI as the No. 3 Gamecocks handed Stetson a 7-1 defeat, Tuesday at Carolina Stadium.

As game-time temperatures hovered near freezing, the Gamecocks (11-0) wasted no time in jumping out to a lead, getting two runs in the bottom of the first.

With one out, Pankake reached on a fielder’s choice and Kyle Martin drew a two-out walk. After Connor Bright reached on an infield single to load the bases, Griener immediately followed with a two-run single to center field, giving South Carolina a 2-0 lead.

Stetson battled back with a run in the top of the second. With one out, Kyle Zech reached second on a two-error play by starting pitcher Josh Reagan (2-0). Zech moved to third on a bloop single by Tanner Blackman and scored on a single by Kevin Fagan, pulling the Hatters to within 2-1.

The Gamecocks broke it open with four runs in the second. Pankake laced a two-run single with one out for a 4-1 lead. Martin followed two batters later with a sacrifice fly, and Griener’s RBI single two batters later made it 6-1.

South Carolina added a final, unearned run in the sixth when Max Schrock’s sacrifice fly scored Gene Cone, who reached on an error.

Josh Powers (1-2), who started and suffered the loss for the Hatters, pitched better than his final line. In his five innings of work the junior right-hander allowed six runs on 10 hits and walked three, but he allowed just three hits and no runs in his final three innings of work. Powers also struck out a total of three hitters.

Stetson reliever Ben Rakus allowed two hits and one unearned run in three innings of work.

The Hatters collected seven hits on the day, with shortstop Tyler Bocock recording two hits, including his team-leading fourth double of the season.

Reagan tossed five inning of six-hit ball for the Gamecocks, striking out six without a walk to get the win.

South Carolina collected 12 hits.

The Hatters and Gamecocks wrap up their two-game series at 4 p.m., Wednesday.


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