The bats came alive on a beautiful day at Founders Park, as the Gamecocks hitters pushed across eight runs on 16 total hits in just 5.5 innings played.
The two transfers, Dallas Beaver and Bryant Bowen, continue to put together great at bats, especially in two-out situations.
You can really see their experience shine through at the plate and both will be major contributors this season.
Jeff Heinrich is a guy who I’m REALLY excited for fans to get a look at this upcoming spring.
He seems to hit the ball hard every single time at the plate and has a really nice approach.
He’s also has a great glove in the field, flashing the leather today on a nice diving play up the middle to rob a base hit.
There was no absence of power Sunday afternoon, as both Anthony Amicangelo and Brennan Milone each had solo shots.
Milone’s was a BOMB over the visiting bullpen and was one of the longer home runs I’ve seen hit over the course of fall and spring.
Amicangelo showed really nice backside power, scorching his homer into the Carolina bullpen.
Braylen Wimmer continues to impress and will battle for playing time in the infield. To be a true freshman, he looks really comfortable right now.
What I’ve liked most from USC hitters is that, early on, it feels this isn’t a team that relies solely on power.
While it has that in the arsenal, Gamecock hitters are working really nice at bats and simply hitting the ball where it’s pitched.
I thought the Gamecock pitchers had a solid day overall and I give more credit to the hitters being on their game than an indictment on the pitching staff.
RHP Brannon Jordan and RHP TJ Shook started the game on the bump for their respective squads.
Jordan was consistent with a lot of things we saw in the fall, featuring nice downward angle on his pitches and willingness to attack the zone.
His breaking pitches is what stood out to me, specifically his change-up. He seems to get a lot of swings and misses off that pitch.
I fully expect Jordan to be a guy right in the mix for that Sunday rotation spot.
Shook is a guy who is always going to battle and he showed that again Sunday.
He looks a lot more comfortable this season in my opinion and does a nice job of attacking the zone.
One thing that surprised me about Shook is that he seemed to pitch backward a lot, meaning he used his breaking pitches early in counts to set up the fastball.
Maybe it was coincidence, maybe it was him working on specific things. Either way, he’s a guy that should fill a role in the midweek for this team.
RHP Brett Thomas showed some encouraging signs on Sunday.
The freshman out of Atlanta had a live fastball, however, he struggled locating his breaking ball early on.
When he does locate it, it’s a very good swing and miss pitch.
LHP Josiah Sightler and RHP Cam Tringali closed out the scrimmage for the Gamecocks.
Sightler actually showed some signs of promise. When he’s in the zone and working off his change-up, he’s a guy who can be really effective.
Tringali was consistent with what we’ve seen from him before, featuring a low 90s fastball and a guy who pitches to contact and gets outs quickly.
Overall, a good day of work at the field that I know Mark Kingston will be pleased with.