The Gamecocks blew out the Eagles on Wednesday night in preparation for the Carolina Carolina classic. Here are our takeaways.
The Gamecocks cut to the chase early.
Playing a lowly Winthrop team, the Gamecocks got out to an early 6-0 advantage by the early second inning on the legs of a 2 out, bases loaded double by Mackenzie Boesel, followed by a 2 run shot by Kenzie Maguire. They didn’t look back as the game lasted only 5 innings, beating the Eagles by a score of 10-1. The pitching from pitcher Kelsey Oh hut the door for any opportunity that Winthrop had to come back in the game
Being a blowout win, we saw a variety of hitters.
As the Gamecocks got up early on Wednesday, coach Beverley Smith was not light on substitutions, exchanging 5 players over 5 innings. The luxury of having a solid lead vs a lowly opponent is nice, as it allows to test your team depth and get everyone needed experience, having them more prepared in bigger moments.
A great outing from Oh helped save use of other arms
Playing 3 games in 2 days over the weekend, it was critical for the Gamecocks to save top arms for the weekend. Although the Gamecocks Started Senior pitcher Kelsey Oh, the leader of the rotation, they managed to keep her in the whole game, throwing a complete game of 1 run ball in an elite performance on Wednesday night. Although Oh had a high pitch count, they were able to save other big arms for the upcoming weekend tournament. She was able to be efficient also, getting 2 ground ball double plays to end each of the first 2 innings.
The bottom of the lineup came through
In the preview, we stated it was critical for the bottom of the lineup to come through, and they did just that. Batters 6-9 were able to gather in 5 hits, 2 coming in the 9 spot with freshman LF Kylee Gleason going 2-3 in her first action of the year for the Gamecocks, with another hit from freshman 3b Zoe Laneaux. The contribution of freshman in the bottom of the lineup may help to improve the Gamecocks lineup
In conclusion, the Gamecocks did their jobs on Wednesday night beating the Eagles in blowout fashion 10-1, the exact score predicted in the preview. The Gamecocks will next go to the Carolina classic and face 3 Power 6 teams over the weekend.