Gamecocks Earn 12-3 Win Over The Citadel|
May 9, 2006
Charleston, S.C. - 15th ranked South Carolina backed up sophomore RHP Harris Honeycutt's longest career outing with eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings on its way to a 12-3 win over The Citadel on Tuesday evening in front of 5,351 fans at Joe Riley Park. The attendance was the third highest crowd in school history for the Citadel. The Gamecocks pounded out 13 hits in the win including a 2-for-4 performance with two doubles and three RBI from Drew Martin. Carolina snaps its four-game losing streak and is now 33-16 on the year while the loss drops The Citadel to 25-24 on the year.
Honeycutt worked 7.2 innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters to pick up the win. He is now 4-0 on the year. He allowed just three runs on six hits. Junior LHP Chase Tucker relieved Honeycutt and struck out four batters in 1.1 innings of work to finish the game for USC. Citadel senior RHP Ken Egleton suffered the loss and is now 0-3 on the year. He allowed eight runs, four earned on five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Carolina wasted no time getting on the scoreboard scoring twice in the first inning. With two outs, Martin stroked a double to left center scoring Michael Campbell and Neil Giesler giving the Gamecocks a 2-0 lead. USC added to the lead with another run in the second inning. Low country natives Reese Havens and Justin Smoak opened the frame with a single and a walk respectively. After a sacrifice bunt, Cheyne Hurst drove in Havens with a RBI groundout to first base.
Carolina went ahead 4-0 in the fourth inning on a solo home run to left center by Chris Brown, his fourth homer of the year. The Citadel would respond in the bottom half though with three runs off Honeycutt. Zach Brown hit a one-out RBI double and Matt Arnold collected a two-out RBI single to drive in a pair of runs as the Bulldogs cut the Gamecock lead to one run.
The flood gates would open in the seventh inning as the Gamecocks extended the lead to 9-3 batting around and taking advantage of a pair of errors by Citadel shortstop Matt Matulia to score five runs. Trent Kline drove in a pair of runs with a RBI single and Smoak and Brown added RBI hits as Carolina went ahead by six runs.
The Gamecocks scored three more in the eighth inning. Andrew Crisp extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a one-out single and scored on Martin's second RBI double of the game. Havens added a two-run single to complete the scoring.
Martin, Havens, Hurst and Brown all had two hits on the evening for USC. Matt Covington and Tripp Cappelmann had two apiece to lead the Citadel.
South Carolina returns to action this weekend with a three-game series at home vs. Tennessee. Friday's game is scheduled for 7 pm and will be televised live on ESPNU. First pitch for Saturday is 12 noon with the game televised on ESPN. Mark Neely and Kyle Peterson will call the action for both television games. Sunday is the final regular season home game of the year and will start at 1:30 pm. Live audio broadcast is available at uscsports.com and on the Gamecock Radio Network with Carolina announcers Mike Morgan and Tommy Moody.