By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
NASHVILLE - Strong storms wreaked havoc at Hawkins Field and
caused a two and a half hour rain delay, but did nothing to
dampen the South Carolina Gamecocks' offensive firepower as they
evened their SEC series with an impressive 16-7 win featuring an
18-hit performance against three different Vanderbilt Commodore
pitchers on Saturday afternoon.
visitors jumped out to a 5-0 lead, taking advantage of
shortstop Ryan Flaherty's error as Justin Smoak (right, photo by
Jimmy Jones), Harley Lail and Andrew Crisp each had RBI singles
and Phil Disher capped off the inning with a two-run single on a
"They hit the ball hard all day and set the tone early,"
Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin said. "When they get on a roll,
they are tough to stop."
The Gamecocks (1-1, 11-4) tacked on another five runs in the
third with James Darnell hitting an RBI single for the first run
in the inning. Andrew Crisp added a two-run double that knocked
VU starter Nick Christiani out of the game.
Disher welcomed reliever Steven Schwartz with a two-run homer on
the first pitch to make it 10-1, and the rout was on.
Darnell struck again in a three-run fourth with a two-run homer,
and the Gamecocks added three more in the fifth with Kyle Enders
pitching in with a two-run double in the fifth to extend the
lead to 16-1.
The Commodores (1-1, 11-4) tallied six more runs over the next
four innings, but it was too little, too late for the defending
"You got to put this one behind you," Corbin said. "If you think
about this loss tomorrow you will get beat the same way.
Everything changes tomorrow; you see it in this league all the
time, things can change quickly."
Christiani (1-1) gave up nine runs (five earned) on nine hits in
2.1 innings to take the loss.
Drew Hayes pitched two shutout innings of relief with a
strikeout. Alex Feinberg led the Commodores with three hits
while sophomore Andrew Giobbi continued his hot hitting with two
hits and two RBI.
Every Gamecock starter had at least one hit in the game. Darnell
and All-American Justin Smoak had three hits each while Enders
(three RBI), Darnell (three), Andrew Crisp (three) and Disher
(four) combined for 13 RBI.
Vanderbilt and South Carolina will play the final game of the
series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Vanderbilt will send freshman Caleb Cotham (2-0, 1.96 ERA) to
the mound, while Blake Cooper (2-1, 1.80 ERA) will start for the