April 23, 2003
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Brian Buscher and Bryan Triplett drove in three runs apiece Wednesday night and Matt Riddle drove in two runs with a bases loaded double to pace South Carolina to a 13-4 non-conference win over Davidson.
Stephen Broome, 1-0, the second of five Gamecock pitchers, notched his first collegiate win as South Carolina improved to 27-15. Four of the five South Carolina pitchers were freshmen. Davidson used seven pitchers with the second, Matt Hanson, 0-1, charged with the loss. The Wildcat record dropped to 14-20.
Davidson took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and collected seven hits and three runs off Gamecock starter Conor Lalor in 3 1/3 innings before he was replaced by Broome who worked 2 2/3 innings and allowed one run. Davidson led 4-3 until South Carolina tied it in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI single by Michael Campbell.
South Carolina broke the game open with a four run fifth inning, added two in the seventh and closed out the scoring with a three run eighth inning home run by Triplett, his third of the season.
Buscher drove in two runs with a single in the third inning and one with another base hit in the fifth. He also doubled and scored in the eighth inning to lead the 13 hit South Carolina attack with three hits. Riddle had two hits including his two run double in the fifth. Justin Harris and Jon Coutlangus also had two hits for the Gamecocks.
Davidson had 11 hits in one of its best offensive showings of the season. Eli Benefield had three hits and drove in three of the four Wildcat runs. Jay Haefner also had three hits, including a double, for the Wildcats, and Sam Navarro also had two hits. D. J. Dailey had a double.
South Carolina travels to Oxford, Miss., for a three game Southeastern Conference series beginning Friday night at the University of Mississippi.