COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 5 South Carolina scored 10 runs in the first three innings on the way to an 11-3 victory against High Point on Wednesday at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 9-3 on the year while the loss drops the Panthers to 2-8.
The Gamecocks belted out 12 hits with Alex Destino 3-for-5 with two RBI, Kyle Martin 2-for-4 and a homer and four RBI and DC Arendas and Marcus Mooney with two hits apiece as well.
Junior right-hander Preston Johnson earned the win in relief, retiring all 11 batters he faced. He worked 3.2 scoreless innings allowing no hits or walks and struck out a career-high five batters. High Point starter Peter Ripke suffered the loss and is now 0-1 on the year. He allowed six runs on five hits in one-plus inning of work.
Martin and Schrock each tallied two-run homers to give the Gamecocks a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Carolina added three runs in the second with Destino driving in a pair with a two-run single with the bases loaded and Schrock adding a sac fly.
A three-run third inning featured a RBI single from Elliott Caldwell and a two-run base hit courtesy of Martin, who tied his career-high with four RBI in the contest. Marcus Mooney would add a sac fly in the bottom of the fourth.