Gamecocks take Game 1 from Brown
No. 3 South Carolina demolished a Brown Bears team playing its first game of the season Saturday afternoon 13-0 in Game 1 of a scheduled doubleheader at sunny Carolina Stadium in front of 7,163 fans.
Jordan Montgomery (W, 3-0) struck out eight through 5.1 innings and combined with three other pitchers to hurl a four-hit shutout.
Offensively, the Gamecocks stroked a season-high 18 hits led by DC Arendas, who was 3-for-6 with a team-tying season-high 5 RBIs. Elliott Caldwell was 2-for-3 with a season-high 4 RBIs.
The Gamecocks broke through against Brown starter Anthony Galan (L, 0-1) in the second inning, batting around and scoring four runs on an RBI single from Brison Celek, RBI double from Elliott Caldwell and 2-RBI single from Arendas.
USC added three runs in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Caldwell, his second RBI of the day and third of the year, and Arendas second 2-RBI single of the day. South Carolina then batted around in the sixth, scoring five runs highlighted by a 2-RBI double by Caldwell off the wall in left and an RBI double off nearly the same spot on the wall in left from Joey Pankake.
Every starter in the lineup had a hit except Kyle Martin, who walked twice, and Tanner English. South Carolina hit five doubles in the game, including two from Connor Bright, who leads the team with eight for the season.
Relieving Montgomery, who allowed just four hits in his 5.1 innings, were Reed Scott (1.2 IP), Matthew Vogel (1.0 IP) and John Parke (1 IP), none of whom allowed a hit, run or walk.
Leading big, a number of Gamecock reserves saw action, including two who recorded their first career hits. Jordan Gore smacked a single up the middle in the eighth and came around to score on Brock Maxwell's first career hit and RBI with his single into right field.