Game 2 Recap:
South Carolina Blasts Past Charleston Southern, 17-3, in Five
Homers by Ansley Ard, Samie Garcia help Gamecocks to big win
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC Feb. 24, 2013 – Behind the Gamecocks’ biggest offensive output since joining the Southeastern Conference, South Carolina (8-3) downed Charleston Southern (3-7) 17-3 in five innings on Sunday afternoon at Patriots Point Park as part of the College of Charleston Cougar Classic.
The Gamecocks’ got homers from senior shortstop Samie Garcia and freshman pinch hitter Ansley Ard, the latter a grand slam in the third that put South Carolina in the lead for good. Garcia led the Gamecocks with a 3-for-4 day with three runs and two RBI. Freshman left fielder Alaynie Page, junior right fielder Chelsea Hawkins and senior catcher Shelby Gonzales all had two hits, with Gonzales driving in three runs and Page two.
South Carolina scored twice in the first on errors, two of six committed by the Buccaneers. Garcia got an infield single, stole second and scored when the throw went into center field. Page followed with a single and stole second as well, the first of two stolen bases for her, and scored when a throw from the CSU pitcher sailed high when she tried to get Page on a force out at third later in the inning. But the Bucs tied it in the bottom of the frame on Marci Christian’s two-run homer.
The third saw the Gamecocks load the bases with one out. Charleston Southern starter Jennifer Giles induced an infield pop fly before Ard stepped up and drove the 2-0 pitch over the wall in left center for her first career homer, a grand slam, giving the Gamecocks a 6-2 lead. The Bucs got a run back on Stephanie Sbardella’s solo shot in the bottom of the inning.
Garcia led off the fourth with a homer, and the Gamecocks added seven more runs in the frame, all unearned. Page scored on the second error of the inning that allowed sophomore designated player Kristen Struett to reach. Redshirt senior Kelley Dillon landed an RBI double, Gonzales drove in two with a single, Garcia added another with her second hit of the frame, and Page added two more with a double. Three more Gamecock runs crossed in the fifth, including one on junior Brooke Barnhill’s first Gamecock hit, an infield RBI single. A wild pitch let junior centerfielder Ashlyn Masters scored, while Barnhill came around on Gonzales’ second RBI single to cap the scoring at 17-3.
The Gamecocks scored 17 runs for the first time since joining the SEC, the most runs since a March 31, 1996 contest against Coppin State in Charlottesville, Va. The 14-run win is the largest since a 15-1 win over Loyola (Ill.) on Feb. 27, 2010 in Boca Raton, Fla.
Gamecock freshman pitcher Katie Marks (3-1) got the complete-game win, allowing three earned runs on two hits and no walks. She struck out a season-best seven. Giles (1-5) took the loss for the Buccaneers, giving up 14 runs, seven earned, on 12 hits and three walks. She fanned five.
South Carolina returns to action next weekend in the Georgia Southern Eagle Classic in Statesboro, Ga.
Game 1 Recap:
Gamecocks Down Radford 9-0 in Five Innings
Juniors Dana Hathorn and Chelsea Hawkins both go 2-for-3 with three RBI
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC Feb. 24, 2013 – A three-hit shutout from redshirt senior Audrey Broyles and a pair of three-RBI days at the plate for juniors Dana Hathorn and Chelsea Hawkins leads South Carolina (7-3) to a 9-0 win in five innings over Radford on Sunday afternoon in the College of Charleston Cougar Classic.
Hawkins had a homer in her 2-for-3 day, while Hathorn added a double, the two extra-base hits for the Gamecocks. Senior shortstop Samie Garcia went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Freshman left fielder Alaynie Page went 2-for-4, while sophomore designated player Kristen Struett scored twice.
The Gamecocks scored in the first on Hathorn’s RBI double, driving in Garcia from third after she singled and stole second before moving to third on Page’s groundout. The lead grew to 4-0 in the third thanks to Hawkins’ RBI single and an errant throw from the Highlander shortstop that hit junior centerfielder Ashlyn Masters in the helmet as she tried to score, letting both Masters and Hathorn score on the play.
Radford had its best chance in the fourth, getting a leadoff triple from Morgan Eye. But Broyles got a grounder right back to her that she deflected toward Hathorn at second, who threw out the runner at first. Then Broyles got both of her strikeouts to escape the inning without any damage.
South Carolina closed things in the fifth with five runs. Hawkins hit a two-run homer with no one out, and the Gamecocks loaded the bases via a single and two walks. Page got an RBI single, while Hathorn followed with a two-RBI single.
Broyles (3-1) allowed only three hits and one walk in the shutout win. Jackie Jenkins (0-2) took the loss, giving up four runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk. She fanned one.