In what was the worst of the three games in the series the nationally ranked South Carolina Gamecocks swept Eastern Kentucky 6-0. South Carolina extended it’s consecutive shutout streak to 51 Innings. With the loss Eastern Kentucky drops to 1-6 on the year.
South Carolina did most of their damage in the third inning scoring four runs. It was started by Joey Pankake singled to left. Connor Bright would eventually score him. Then Grayson Greiner would single into center field scoring Kyle Martin. With two outs DC Arendas hit a single scoring Bright and Martin.
In the 7th inning Connor Bright would score Joey Pankake again. Then in the 8th Marcus Mooney would double and reach third on an error and Joey Pankake would score him on a sac fly.
The Colonels would get the bases loaded in the 9th with no outs but Joel Seddon would close the door. He came on with 1 out and would strikeout and ground out to finish the series shutouts.
Leading the way for the Colonels today was Sean Hagan. He went 3-3 with 3 singles and was hit by a pitch.
Typically when the Colonels get swept and all being shutouts a fan would be disheartened but not in this particular situation. EKU is a team who mother nature has already hurt bad enough by limiting batting practice to the Colonels. Put that disadvantage up against the fifth best team in the country and it could be ugly and quickly. Instead the Colonels showed up to play in all three games with one of the best teams in the country.
More good news about playing a top ranked team in the country is that the schedule gets easier from here. Next up for the Colonels is North Carolina-Asheville. They will face the 1-3 Bulldogs on the road Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. UNC-Asheville was just swept by Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.