USC Baseball: Gamecocks Sweep Series Over Princeton
The Gamecocks continued their winning ways this weekend by beating Princeton in all three games to take the series sweep.
Pitching was again phenomenal for South Carolina as the Gamecocks' pitching staff totaled 35 strikeouts to just three walks this weekend.
Here's a look-back at all three games from this weekend:
- Friday - Michael Roth dominated in a close matchup by helping South Carolina beat Princeton 2-1. Roth struck out a career-high 10 batters in 8.2 innings of work and freshman Evan Beal picked up the save for the first young of his young career. Kyle Martin and Evan Marzilli added three hits a piece. Marzilli's three hits were all doubles and he also added a stolen base to increase his totals to five on the season. Last year's leaders in the stolen base department had seven. This was also Ray Tanner's 700th win at South Carolina.
- Saturday - South Carolina decided to wake up the bats a bit as they finished the day with 12 hits and was led by Christian Walker, who was 3-of-4 with two RBI. South Carolina added runs in the 5th through 8th inning and came away with a 6-1 victory. Matt Price picked up his second victory of the year in six innings of work allowing just one run and picking up six strikeouts. Forrest Koumas pitched the final 1.1 innings in this game and was able to pick up his third save of the season.
- Sunday - Sweep was on the minds of the Gamecocks and that's exactly what they did. USC beat Princeton by a score of 3-1 to pick up the series sweep by winning all three games. Erik Payne was the hero on the day hitting his first career homerun and the Gamecock pitchers had a total of 15 strikeouts on Sunday. Colby Holmes got the win in five innings of work and is now 3-0 on the season. Evan Beal picked up his second save of the winning by finishing out the final inning and striking out two out of three batters that he faced.
This is exactly what you expect South Carolina to do against a team like Princeton. Most people knew the team would dominate most pitching matchups and they did it again this weekend. The offense is still going through some turnover and trying to fit new pieces into the mix is tough work. Erik Payne was solid at second base over the weekend and Connor Bright played well at shortstop. The closer situation is also interesting as Koumas and Beal seemed to be in a closer-by-committee situation. I imagine that will be the deal going forward until one establishes themselves as the front runner.
Overall, it was another good series for the Gamecocks and another successful weekend in the quest for a three-peat.
South Carolina returns to the field this Tuesday against Charleston Southern and play Appalachian State on Wednesday before opening SEC play against Kentucky this weekend.