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B's and E's lead to W for USC
By Phil Stanton
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Parker Bangs and Jackie
Bradley, Jr., (right, photo by Rob Goldberg) both had three hits, including a home run, and
South Carolina took advantage of four George Mason errors in
winning the first game of the Greenville Regional 11-3.
The Gamecocks (39-21) will play Saturday evening
at 6 p.m. against the winner of the East Carolina-Binghamton
game. The Patriots (42-13) will face the loser at 2 p.m.
Bangs, who tied a career-high with his three
hits, belted a two-run homer in a four-run fourth that put the
Gamecocks ahead to stay. Two Patriot errors aided the rally.
Bradley (3 for 5, 3 R) followed a miscue in the
sixth with a two-run homer to put USC ahead 8-1.
Nick Ebert had a solo shot in the seventh for
South Carolina before a rain delay halted action for 1:18.
Andrew Crisp belted a two-run double on the first pitch back
from the delay to complete the scoring.
Whit Merrifield had an RBI single in the fourth
and a two-run base hit in the fifth for the Gamecocks.
Chris Henderson was the offensive star for Mason.
He walked and scored in the first, and added a two-run double in
the seventh. Mark Hill had two hits for the Patriots.
Mason had a chance for a huge first, but with one
in, one out and the bases loaded, a double play ended the
“I thought the first inning was huge,” said USC
head coach Ray Tanner. “We got a room service double play to get
out of the inning. We get out of the inning with only a run and
that was really key for us. I really felt that the first inning
was the turning point.”
Bobby Haney also matched his career high with
three hits for the Gamecocks.
Sam Dyson (9-4) pitched seven innings for USC
with seven hits, three runs, four walks and five strikeouts in
earning the victory.
“The first inning was a little shaky,” Tanner
said about Dyson, but then he settled down and gave us some
quality innings. He battled for us. He hasn’t really pitched
well on the road, but he battled for us today.”
Mike Modica (11-2) allowed 10 hits and six runs
(four earned) in five innings for Mason with three walks and two
strikeouts. The four errors by the Patriots matched the total
from the season opener against USC Upstate.
“Disappointed is the understatement of the day,”
said Mason head coach Bill Brown. “I felt like we were going to
come in and be competitive and we weren’t today. We really
didn’t play like a team that’s competing to win this regional.
Ideally we’ll make that adjustment this evening and get on track
a little bit.”
Notes: The dinger by Bangs gave South Carolina
three straight seasons with at least 100 home runs and seven
times in the past 10 years.
The Gamecocks are 11-0 in opening round NCAA
Regional games under Tanner.
(photo by Rob Goldberg, courtesy of
ECU Media Relations Office)