Gamecocks open homestand with 8-0 win over Davidson

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - South Carolina opened a five-game homestand with another shutout, blanking Davidson 8-0 Tuesday night at Carolina Stadium.

It was the 12th shutout of the season for the No. 11 Gamecocks. The team improves to 31-10 while Davidson falls to 23-11 on the year.

Already leading 1-0, the Gamecocks tacked on six runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning sending 10 batters to the plate in the frame. Six consecutive batters reached base to open the inning. Joey Pankake led off with a single and Kyle Martin walked to put a pair of runners on base. Grayson Greiner would drive in Pankake with a RBI double down the left field line, and Patrick Harrington would bring home Martin on a RBI infield single. DC Arendas added RBI bunt for a base hit. Harrington eventually scored on a passed ball and Gene Cone would add a fielderâ??s choice to plate home the last run as the Gamecocks built a seven-run lead.

Four of the five Gamecock pitchers who took the mound Tuesday night were freshmen. South Carolina freshman right-hander Taylor Widener earned the win with three perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts. He is now 3-0 on the year. South Carolina starter Reed Scott worked four-plus innings without allowing a run. Davidson starter Clark Beeker suffered the loss and is 2-2 for the season.

"I was very concerned coming into the game today, Davidson is having a really good year and theyâ??re at the top of their league. They didn't have a chance to play much this weekend because of the weather and we got taken to the limit by Auburn," said South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook. "It was a good win for us, a good midweek victory against a good team that's leading the Southern Conference. Hopefully we can keep building on the momentum we've created the last three games."

The Gamecocks continue their homestand on Wednesday hosting USC Upstate. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.