No. 5 South Carolina blanks Eastern Kentucky, 4-0

COLUMBIA -- The fifth-ranked South Carolina baseball team has not allowed a run in 33 straight innings, shutting out its third straight opponent Friday afternoon in a 4-0 win over Eastern Kentucky at Carolina Stadium.

The Gamecocks are now 5-0 on the year while the Colonels fall to 1-4.

Joey Pankake went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Kyle Martin hit a solo homer and extended his hitting streak to five games. Max Schrock homered as well. Both Martin and Schrock have two homers on the year.

Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery improved to 2-0 on the year. Montgomery hurled seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out four batters. He has not allowed a run in 34 consecutive innings, going back to last year. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey added a scoreless inning of relief, tallying two strikeouts. Joel Seddon closed it out for the Gamecocks with a perfect inning and two strikeouts.

The Gamecocks went ahead 1-0 in bottom of the second as Martin sent a 1-0 pitch soaring over the right-field fall for his second home run in as many games. Schrock added to the Gamecock lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the third.

Pankake sparked a two-run inning for South Carolina in the bottom of the sixth as he crushed a ball to the gap in right-center for a leadoff double. With Pankake on third base, Grayson Greiner was hit by a pitch to give the Gamecocks runners on the corners. The Eastern Kentucky third baseman attempted to throw Pankake out at home on a sharply hit ball off the bat of Connor Bright, but Pankake scored to give the Gamecocks a 3-0 advantage. Designated hitter Brison Celek then singled up the middle and drove in Greiner for the second run of the inning.

The series continues Saturday at Carolina Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.