Matt Connolly

Extra time in the cage pays off for USC shortstop Marcus Mooney

Marcus Mooney went 4-for-5 with a home run Tuesday against USC Upstate.
Marcus Mooney went 4-for-5 with a home run Tuesday against USC Upstate. tdominick@thestate.com

South Carolina shortstop Marcus Mooney had a disappointing weekend against Charleston Southern. Instead of sulking the senior got back to work.

Mooney bounced back from an 0-for-10 weekend stretch by going 4-for-5 with his second career homer Tuesday night against USC Upstate. The four hits tied a career high.

“I was scuffling last weekend. It was getting frustrating,” Mooney said. “I spent endless hours in the cage with Coach (Brian) Buscher, Matt Price, they’re all working with me. I just needed to get back to being myself.”

Mooney upped his average from .250 to .302 with Tuesday night’s performance.

“I was thinking too much at the plate last weekend,” he said. “I just went back to the basics and having fun, see ball hit ball. That’s pretty much what I’m doing now.”

He added that prior to the game against the Spartans, some teammates were mocking him for his lack of power. The teasing only made his home run that much sweeter.

“Before the game Dom Thompson-Williams was making fun of my power, so I decided to show him that even though I’m little I can hit the ball over,” he said. “I came back in the dugout and I just rubbed it all in his face.”

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