No. 3 South Carolina improved to 14-0 with a doubleheader sweep of Brown on Saturday at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks, who are the last remaining unbeaten team in Division I baseball, banged out a season-high 18 hits in a 13-0 win in the opener and blanked the Ivy League Bears again in the nightcap, 8-0.
“We played two clean games today – pitched well, defended well and swung the bats well for the most part,” Gamecocks coach Chad Holbrook said. “Winning all the games (so far) is a good thing, but we have to keep things in perspective. We’re by no means a juggernaut, and we haven’t gotten into the teeth of the schedule yet.”
The star of the day was DC Arendas, who in the two games had five hits and drove in six runs.
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“I didn’t think I did my job in a couple of at-bats, and I was fortunate that a few balls that I didn’t hit very hard fell in,” said Arendas, who raised his batting average from .241 to .308.
Arendas, who was starting in place of injured Max Schrock, had three hits in six at-bats and a career-high five RBI in the opener. In the second game, he broke up a no-hitter and a scoreless pitching duel when he hit the first pitch of the fourth inning by Dave St. Lawrence for a home run that hit the yellow line atop the right field wall.
“I’m not a home run hitter, and I didn’t think that was going out,” he said. “I kept running because I thought the ball was still in play. It was good to hear the umpire tell me to keep going around.”
Arendas wasn’t the only productive Gamecock. Grayson Greiner had five hits and scored five runs. Elliott Caldwell had two hits and four RBIs in the first game. Marcus Mooney had a two-run triple and a two-run single in the nightcap.
Jordan Montgomery and Jack Wynkoop headlined the Gamecocks’ pitching performance.
Montgomey improved to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.98 in the opener, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings. The junior staff ace has not been scored upon in three of his four starts.
Wynkoop gave up hits to the first two hitters he faced, then hit a batter and served up a hit to the first two Brown batters in the eighth. The Bears, however, did nothing with either opportunity.
In the end, the sophomore left-hander was touched for three hits and allowed four Bears to reach base in the longest outing of his career, improving to 4-0 and dropping his ERA to 1.37. At one point, Wynkoop retired 15 in a row.
South Carolina pitching has seven shutout wins and a 1.29 team ERA.
The teams close out the series at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.