From the University of South Carolina
Columbia, S.C. – Parker Bangs homered and drove in a career-high four RBI and starting pitcher Blake Cooper worked six innings to earn his third win of the year as South Carolina defeated Brown 8-4 in game one of a doubleheader. Game two of the doubleheader is scheduled for 4:10 p.m.
Cooper worked six innings and allowed two runs on two hits with six strikeouts and four walks to earn the victory.
He is 3-0 on the year. Brown starting pitcher Mark Gormley lasted only three-plus innings and allowed eight runs on eight hits with four walks and a strikeout. He is 0-1 for the season.
South Carolina broke ahead 4-0 in the bottom of the second inning. Kyle Enders and Nick Ebert each singled to open the frame and would both score on a one-out double by Adam Matthews to right center. Matthews would then score as Parker Bangs drilled a RBI single to centerfield. Adrian Morales added a two-out RBI base hit as the Gamecocks built a four-run cushion.
The Bears cut Carolina's lead in half in the top of the third with a pair of runs. Cody Slaughter was hit by a pitch with one out followed by a walk to Nick Punal. Graham Tyler then knocked a single to right field scoring Slaughter followed by a sacrifice fly from Matt Colantonio to left field that plated home Punal.
South Carolina answered however in the bottom half of the frame as Bangs delivered again with a three-run homer.