No. 4 South Carolina blasted No. 2 Clemson 12-0 in a mammoth baseball matchup at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. USC shut out the Tigers in Clemson for the first time since 1974.
This much anticipated showdown between top five teams turned Carolina’s way early when they scored two runs in the first inning on RBI hits by Justin Smoak and Phil Disher.
That’s all the runs that USC pitcher Harris Honeycutt needed. He was amazing against the second-ranked Tigers, pitching seven innings, allowing only two hits, and striking out seven.
The Gamecocks’ big sluggers made their presence known as well. Smoak, Disher, and James Darnell all went deep for Carolina. Darnell’s 3-run blast in the sixth gave USC a big 8-0 lead, and essentially ended Clemson’s hopes for victory. Darnell’s 41 career homers puts him ninth all-time at USC.