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September 27, 2013
South Carolina held its seventh intrasquad of the fall Friday afternoon, and Gamecock Central was there.
Breaking the trend of visiting team victories, it was the home side that prevailed 6-0. Vince Fiori surrendered just two hits in four innings of work to get the win. Josh Reagan was equally impressive allowing just one hit and one run for the loss.
Kyle Martin opened up the scoring for his team in the first. With two outs, he took advantage of a pitch up in the zone and deposited it over the right field fence for the first run of the game. It would be the only run that Reagan would give up but it would prove to be enough for the home team. Reagan settled in after and would not allow another batter to reach base.
Reagan's counterpart was just a little better in this contest. Fiori would allow just three base runners in his four innings of work. The visitors best opportunity to score came in the third when Zack Madden lead off the inning with a walk. One out later, Brock Maxwell singled Madden over to second. Madden was the only runner to reach scoring position against Fiori. A double play hit into by Jordan Gore ended the only threat the away team would manage against the lefty.
The game broke wide open in the bottom of the fifth when Josh Knabb replaced Reagan on the hill. Knabb gave up five-straight hits, seven in all, as the home team pushed five runs across to take a 6-0 lead. After Greyson Greiner and Patrick Harrington opened the inning with singles, A hit-and-run with DC Arendas plated the second run of the game. Arendas went the other way, bouncing a ball through the vacated spot of third baseman Matt Williams who was covering the bag. The inning was capped off by a two-run single to center from Connor Bright that scored Weber Pike and Tanner English. Pike and English also collected hits in the inning. Arendas, Pike and English had an RBI each in the fifth.
Preston Johnson would close the door for the home team pitching te final four innings to preserve the win. He allowed base runners in three of his four innings of work stranding all five.
BEST AT-BAT OF THE GAME: Freshman Brock Maxwell, batting in the nine-hole for the visitors, has an eight-pitch at-bat in the third inning. It was is first a-bat, and only hit of the game. Fiori was strong is first time through the line-up but struggled to put Maxwell away. Maxwell got into an early hole in the count but stayed alive fouling off several good pitches before roping a single to right. The at-bat got several "at-a-boys" from both dugouts.
PITCHING OUT OF TROUBLE: JUCO transfer Preston Johnson showed his ability to get in and out of trouble. After taking over in the fifth, Johnson allowed the first two men to reach base with solid singles. A sacrifice bunt later and with runners at second and third with one-out, Johnson coaxed a grounder to first. With the infield drawn in , the runners would be unable to advance. The final out was a pop-up to left. Johnson also pitched around an error by Max Schrock in the seventh.
KYLE MARTIN CAN HIT: With the only multi-hit game of the afternoon, Kyle Martin was 2-3 with a homer and an RBI. Martin was aggressive at the plate and made sure to get his hacks in early in the count. Martin looked like the same player from the post-season after taking over at first base. It will be interesting to see if playing in the field will keep him more engaged at the plate.
FIORI WAS SOLID: A game ball goes to Vince Fiori who located pitches well Friday afternoon. The lefty relies on is location to keep opposing batters off-balance and that is exactly what he did. Allowing just two hits, Fiori was never in any danger allowing his teammates to relax behind him. Though he only struck out one, he was dominant in his four innings of work.
2B Jordan Gore, SS Marcus Mooney, 1B Bryson Celek, 3B Matt Williams, OF Ray Murphy, C Logan Koch, OF Zack Madden, OF Anthony Paulsen, OF Brock Maxwell
OF Gene Cone, OF/3B Connor Bright, 1B Kyle Martin, 3B/OF Elliott Caldwell, C Greyson Greiner, DH Patrick Harrington, SS DC Arendas, DH Weber Pike, OF Tanner English (Note: Max Schrock did play in the field at second but did not have an at-bat)
Visitors: Brock Maxwell 1-3, 1K; Ray Murphy 1-3, 1K; Logan Koch 1-3, 1K
Home: Kyle Martin 2-3, 1 HR, 1RBI; Connor Bright 1-4, 2 RBI; DC Arendas 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 SB; Weber Pike 1-3, 1 RBI; Tanner English 1-3, 1RBI
Josh Reagan (L) 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1K
Josh Knabb 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2K
Vince Fiori (W) 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB
Preston Johnson 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 K, 1 BB
Next up: USC will scrimmage again at 10:45 Saturday morning and it is open to the public.
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