COLUMBIA, S.C.(WACH - Joey Pankake extended his hitting streak to 11 games, driving in three runs in second-ranked South Carolina 4-2 win over College of CharlestonTuesday evening at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks improve to 20-3 on the year while the loss drops the Cougars to 16-8.
The Gamecocks used four pitchers with freshman left-hander Josh Reagan earning the win and improving to 3-0 on the season. Reagan allowed one run on two hits in four innings of work with a walk and three strikeouts. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey earned his first save of the year with 1.1 innings of work to close the game. Mincey allowed his first run in 13 relief outings in the ninth inning. College of Charleston starter Tyler Thornton suffered the loss and is 0-2 on the season.
The Gamecocks broke out to an early 4-0 lead scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two innings. Tanner English led off the first inning with a double down the left field line. Pankake followed with a base hit to right field driving in English. Pankake would then score on Elliott Caldwell's RBI single. In the bottom of the second, a walk and a hit batter put two runners on base for Pankake, who drilled a 2-1 pitch to deep left-center for a two-run double.
Pankake went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored while Caldwell accounted for a pair of hits and a RBI. Freshman right-hander Taylor Widener worked three scoreless innings in his second career start for the Gamecocks on the mound.
The Gamecocks are back in action Wednesday when they host Coastal Carolina. First pitch set for 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.