Gamecock Softball Sweeps Charleston Southern

COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) – South Carolina (26-18) came out with the bats on fire, downing Charleston Southern (22-30) in a 12-0 win in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.

The Gamecocks sent 11 batters to the plate in both the first and third to score all their runs. The five in the first came on two-RBI singles by both Victoria and Taylor Williams, with the final run of the frame coming on junior Kamryn Watts’ single through the middle.

With two outs in the third, Watts started the rally with her infield single. After senior Kaylea Snaer drew her third walk, freshman Mackenzie Boesel tripled, making it 7-0. Victoria Williams brought in Boesel with a hit, while junior Krystan White added a two-RBI double later in the frame. Sophomore Kennedy Clark capped the inning with a two-run triple to center, putting South Carolina in the lead 12-0.

That’s all senior Jessica Elliott (11-8) needed, as she went the distance, striking out eight in the complete-game shutout.

Buccaneer pitcher Holly Clark (7-9) took the loss, allowing 12 runs, nine earned, on 13 hits and five walks.

Game Changer
The Gamecocks came out swinging, posting five extra base hits in the win.

Key Stat
Every starter reached base, as well as three of the Gamecocks hitters off the bench.

NOTABLES
– Snaer drew 3 walks, tying a season high.
– Three different Gamecocks had two-hit days: Boesel, Victoria Williams and Watts.
– Five Gamecocks had two or more RBIs, led by Victoria Williams’ three, a season high for her.
– Victoria Williams’ three RBI vaulted her into a tie for 14th in Gamecock history with 100 in her career.
– Lauren Stewart hit her first double of the season and Kennedy Clark hit her first triple of the season.
– Boesel doubled and tripled, scored twice and drove in two in a 2-for-3 day, becoming the first Gamecock with a double and a triple in a game since Alaynie Page on May 3, 2015 against Mississippi State.

Game 2 Recap:

Gamecocks Blast Way to Doubleheader Sweep, Win Game 2 7-1
Home runs by Boesel, VanDerveer, T. Williams provide the spark

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina (27-18) used three home runs to help power past Charleston Southern (22-31) to a 7-1 win in game two of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.

The Gamecocks took a 2-0 lead in the first when junior catcher Alyssa VanDerveer drilled a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left center, bringing home senior Victoria Williams after her two-out single. That lead expanded to 5-0 in the second on senior left fielder Taylor Williams’ two-run double and junior third baseman Kamryn Watts’ infield single that brought Williams home.

After Charleston Southern got on the board in the fourth on Summer Moore’s sacrifice fly, Taylor Williams and freshman Mackenzie Boesel both launched solo home runs to put the lead where it would stay, 7-1.

Gamecock freshman Cayla Drotar (6-2) picked up the win, scattering six hits and three walks in five innings of work, allowing the one earned run while striking out four. Buccaneer starter Nicole Ayala (1-2) took the loss, giving up five earned runs on six hits and a walk in 1.1 innings.

Game Changer
VanDerveer’s laser to left center gave South Carolina all the offense it needed, but Drotar’s wriggling out of jams helped out as well.

Key Stat
The three home runs ties a season-best mark, joining the North Carolina and Gardner-Webb outings.

NOTABLES
– Taylor Williams went a season-best 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and a year-high three RBI. She also stole a base.
– VanDerveer went 2-for-3 with the two-run blast, while junior Tiara Duffy doubles in a 2-for-2 night.
– Three of Charleston Southern’s eight hits went to Amanda Matsumoto, who went 3-for-4.
– Williams’ homer moved her into a tie for eighth in South Carolina history with Meghan Cornett (2002-05) and former teammate Sarah Mooney (2014-15).

Up Next
South Carolina wraps up the home stand with a three-game series against No. 7/7 Auburn this weekend. Friday’s first pitch is set for 6 p.m. EDT, with Saturday’s start time slated for 2 p.m. Sunday’s finale is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

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