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      Gamecocks earn 6-1 win over USC Upstate

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - A four-run fifth inning helped lift No. 11 South Carolina to a 6-1 win over USC Upstate on Wednesday night at Carolina Stadium.

      The Gamecocks improve to 32-10 on the year while the loss drops the Spartans to 14-30.

      Kyle Martin went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Joey Pankake went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Martin tied a career-high in hits. Gene Cone also set a new career high with three hits.

      Sophomore right-hander Curt Britt earned the win in relief and improves to 2-0 on the year. Britt worked 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Senior right-hander Hunter Privette added three perfect innings of relief, striking out two batters. Starting pitcher Eric Birklund took the loss for USC Upstate and falls to 0-7 on the year.

      Catcher Grayson Greiner left the game after colliding with a fielder in the fifth inning. Greiner was thrown out while trying to reach third base after a dropped fly ball. He slid head-first into third base, ramming his head into the fielder's knee. Greiner was motionless on the field for roughly a minute, but was able to walk to the dugout after the training staff looked at him. He did not return to the game as a precautionary measure.

      South Carolina is back in action on Friday when they start a three-game series with Alabama. First pitch for the series opener is set 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.