College Baseball

Beaufort High grad Pike delivers key hit in South Carolina's win over Stetson

newsroom@islandpacket.comMarch 6, 2014 

COLUMBIA -- Weber Pike's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a four-run frame as top-ranked South Carolina rallied for a 4-2 victory over Stetson on Wednesday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.

The Gamecocks improved to 12-0 on the year while Stetson drops to 2-11.

Trailing 2-0, the Gamecocks mounted a comeback as Tanner English led off with a single followed by a walk by Marcus Mooney. Joey Pankake drove in South Carolina's first run with a one-out single to score English. With two outs and runners on second and third, the Gamecocks tied it as Connor Bright reached on an infield single that scored pinch-runner Gene Cone. After Bright stole second base, Beaufort High School grad Pike lifted an 0-2 pitch into center for a single, scoring a pair of runners and giving Carolina a two-run lead. Pike was 1 for 2 on the day.

Cody Mincey retired all three batters he faced in the eighth inning and Joel Seddon closed out the game with a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Senior right-hander Hunter Privette (1-0) earned the win with one scoreless inning of relief. South Carolina also got 3 2-3 innings of scoreless relief from Vince Fiori.

Stetson reliever Tyler Warmoth (0-2) took the loss. He allowed two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.

English, Mooney and Logan Koch each had two hits for South Carolina, which finished with 10 total hits.

The Gamecocks return to action this weekend, hosting a three-game series against Brown. The opener will be at 7 p.m. Friday.

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