COLUMBA, S.C. - Phil Disher and Reese Havens each drove in five runs to help No. 2 South Carolina to a 22-5 win over No. 24 East Carolina in the season opener for both schools at Sarge Frye Field.
Disher was 3-for-5 with two home runs, the first multi-home run game of his career, while Haves tied a career-high with five hits.
Matt Cisco picked up the win for the Gamecocks after allowing one runs on five hits with four strikeouts in five innings of work. Keegan Linza (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K), Tyler Musselwhite (0.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER) and Will Casey (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K) saw action on the hill.
T.J. Hose got the loss allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on nine hits with one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. Brad Mincey (1.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB), Shane Small (3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 K) and Seth Simmons (2.0 IP, 1 H, , 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K) all saw their first collegiate action coming out of the bull pen.
The Gamecocks put four runs on the board in the first inning for an early 4-0 lead and never looked back. James Darnell plated the first run when he doubled home Havens, who stroked a single to left to start the game. After Justin Smoak (3-for-5, 3 RBI and HR) was hit by a Hose pitch, Disher laced a single to left that would have loaded the bases, but Stephen Batts misplayed the ball scoring Smoak and Darnell, while Disher trotted to third base. South Carolina's final run came on Harley Lail's sac fly to right that pushed across Disher.
Home runs by Disher and Kyle Enders highlighted an eight-run second inning for South Carolina pushing the score to 12-0. Scott Wingo scored the first run of the frame on Darnell's second hit of the game, an infield single to short, which was followed by Smoak's two-RBI double to right field then Disher's three-run shot to left. With one out, Enders took a 0-1 Hose offering to left field pushing the score 11-0. Havens capped the scoring with and RBI single to right plating Mack.
South Carolina scored runs in the third (4), fourth (2), fifth (2) and eighth (2) capping he game at 22-3.
The Pirates finally got on the board in the fifth inning when Corey Kemp touched home on a double-steal putting the score at 18-1. Kemp, who extended his current hitting streak to six games on his single up the middle, moved to third when Eldridge singled to right field.
Kemp drove it the Pirates second run of the game in the sixth frame with a single to right that scored Jamie Ray making the score 20-2.
Freshman Bobby Flower drove in his second career run, 20-3, in the eighth inning on a sac fly that scored Drew Schieber.
The Pirates pushed two final runs across in the top of the ninth to close the game out at 22-5.
Game two of the double header will start at 7 p.m.