Solid pitching, timely hitting deliver USC win

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Three Gamecock pitchers combined for a seven-hit shutout as No. 5 South Carolina defeated Presbyterian 4-0 Tuesday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.

First baseman Kyle Martin went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Junior outfielder Connor Bright went 2-for-3 with an RBI and his fourth double in as many games.

Freshman left-hander Josh Reagan earned his first career win by pitching 2.1 innings and allowing no runs and just one hit and striking out two batters. Right-hander Curt Britt got the start and pitched a career-best 5.1 scoreless innings in his first start of the season. The sophomore allowed five hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Junior righty Cody Mincey added 1.1 scoreless innings of relief giving up only one hit and recording three strikeouts to close out the win.

The Gamecocks didn't score until the sixth inning when Connor Bright laced a double off the left field wall, driving in Grayson Greiner. The next inning, Kyle Martin smashed his round-tripper over the right field wall with two men on base.

South Carolina is back in action Friday afternoon hosting Eastern Kentucky in the first game of a three-game series.