Basketball “Cinderella” story George Mason wasn’t as lucky on the baseball diamond as the Gamecocks hammered the Patriots 11-3 in the Greenville (NC) Regional’s first game.
Carolina pounded out 17 hits, including three home runs, in the victory at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Parker Bangs, Jackie Bradley, and Bobby Haney each pounded out three hits. Nick Ebert added his team-leading 23rd HR, while Bangs and Bradley also went yard.
Ace Sam Dyson pitched seven solid innings. He allowed a run in the first inning, and two in the seventh, but cruised otherwise. Sam improved his record to 9-4 on the season.
Impressively, USC had now won 17 consecutive region-opening games. It didn’t get any easier though, as they would play the home-standing East Carolina Pirates in game two the following night.