The wins keep coming for the South Carolina baseball team.
The third-ranked Gamecocks not only won their ninth straight game to start the season with a 10-2 victory against rival Clemson, but they also defeated the No. 11 Tigers for the 12th time in the last 15 meetings dating back to the 2010 College World Series.
Sophomore left-hander Jack Wynkoop (3-0) tossed six solid innings, and junior closer Joel Seddon slammed the door with three scoreless innings for his third save in front of a record crowd of 7,182 at Fluor Field, the home of the Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
The Gamecocks (9-0) claimed the regular-season series for the fourth straight year over the Tigers (6-3). The teams conclude the series Sunday at 4 p.m. at Clemson’s Doug Kingsmore Stadium. USC right-hander Wil Crowe will face Clemson right-hander Jake Long.
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A calamitous third inning put Clemson in a hole from which it couldn’t recover. An error by second baseman Steve Wilkerson opened the five-run inning, and things went downhill from there.
Singles by Max Schrock and Joey Pankake, along with an outfield error by Steven Duggar, scored one run and set up Kyle Martin’s sacrifice fly. Marcus Mooney later followed with a two-run single, and Tanner English got the fifth run home when he beat out a bunt. That knocked Clemson starter Matthew Crownover (2-1) out of the game.
Bright, Martin and Schrock led the 10-hit attack with two hits each, while Mooney had a three-RBI day.
The Tigers cut the lead to 5-1 in the fourth on Jay Baum’s RBI single that scored Duggar, who had doubled off Wynkoop. They picked up another in the fifth on Chris Okey’s RBI groundout after an infield single by Tyler Krieger and a double by Garrett Boulware.
Frustrations boiled over for Clemson in the ninth inning, when the Gamecocks added five more runs on one hit, five walks and two errors. On an out play at third base to end the inning, Clemson third baseman Jay Baum had words for Mooney, which created a small skirmish.