South Carolina took care of business this weekend as it dominated Elon with strong pitching performances all around.
Gamecock starters Michael Roth, Matt Price and Colby Holmes all picked up victories this weekend and the pitching staff held Elon to seven total hits over the weekend series. They only allowed three runs, with one being earned, and had a total of 27 strikeouts. It was a dominant performance pitching wise and exactly what you would expect from one of the top teams in the country.
Here's a quick look at each game from the Elon series:
- Friday: Matt Price led a strong pitching performance as the Gamecocks' staff was one out away from throwing a no-hitter Friday night. Price went seven strong innings with seven strikeouts and was backed by Nolan Belcher and Patrick Sullivan to close out the game. USC got five RBI's from star Christian Walker, including his first home-run of the season, and Joey Pankake threw in a triple himself. USC wins this one 8-1.
- Saturday: Three Gamecock pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts on Saturday including eight from pitcher Matt Price in his second start of the year. Tyler Webb had seven strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work. USC worked up a 3-0 lead heading into the ninth before Elon made it close with two runs but Forrest Koumas closed out the game and the Gamecocks won 3-2.
- Sunday: South Carolina added five runs in the first two innings and that was all that they needed as USC won 6-0. The pitching staff was once again impressive with Colby Holmes picking up his second victory of the year with 5.2 innings of shutout baseball. Holmes struck out six batters on the day with only three walks. LB Dantzler showed his power once again with a three-run home-run in the first inning for his second of the season.
Once again, it was an impressive performance from the Gamecocks and the pitching staff continues to impress. It's amazing that Matt Price has been the closer the past two years and how well he has transitioned into a full-time starter. The same can be said for Forrest Koumas who moved into the closer role and has done well there this year. Third baseman LB Dantzler is a power hitter and looks like a big pickup for the Gamecocks in the middle of the order.
Great series for South Carolina.
The next game for the Gamecocks will be Presbyterian College who come to Columbia this Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.