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April 8, 2015

Box Score | Quotes

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
The Citadel (15-16) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
South Carolina (23-11) 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 7 1

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A four-run third inning highlighted by a three-run single from Jordan Gore help left 20th ranked South Carolina to a 4-2 victory over The Citadel on Wednesday night at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 23-11 while the loss drops the Bulldogs to 15-16.

The Citadel took a 2-0 lead with a pair of solo home runs off the bats of Austin Mapes and William Kinney in the first two innings.

The Gamecocks scored four runs in the third inning to go ahead 4-2. A pair of one-out singles from Gene Cone and Max Schrock followed by Elliott Caldwell getting hit by a pitch loaded the bases for Gore, who dropped a bloop single to right-center that scored all three runners. Madison Stokes drove in Gore with a RBI single to left field.

Left-hander Vince Fiori earned the win in relief and is now 3-0 on the season. He worked 1.1 scoreless giving up two walks and striking out two batters. Taylor Widener worked a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save of the year.


Jordan Gore’s 3-run single with 2 outs in the bottom of the third gave the Gamecocks the 4-2 lead.

KEY STAT The South Carolina bullpen limited the Bulldogs to just four hits and three walks and tallied seven strikeouts.


  • The 14 strikeouts was the second highest total for the Gamecocks in game this season.
  • Jordan Gore tied his career high with three RBI.
  • Gamecock starter Clarke Schmidt allowed two runs on three hits and struck out seven batters in four innings of work.
  • Gene Cone reached base four times. His two stolen bases tie an individual high by a Gamecock player this year.

QUOTABLE South Carolina Head Coach Chad Holbrook

Opening Statement
“We were extremely lucky to have won the game. Quite honestly, we didn’t deserve it, but our pitchers deserved a good fate. We pitched well for the most part. After the second inning we put up zeros the rest of the way. We did enough offensively and we benefitted from a bloop hit (by Jordan Gore) that led to four runs. Lucky for us, that was enough. I’m not extremely pleased with the way we played offensively at all. We had runners at third with less than two outs and we couldn’t get them in, twice, with Kyle (Martin) and (Alex) Destino. From an offensive standpoint, we got many opportunities to score and we have to execute when we get those opportunities. That was the disappointing part of tonight, but we pitched and for the most part, we played defense. (Marcus) Mooney had a phenomenal play and to lead-off an inning. Who knows, that (play) might have won the game. It was one of the better plays that I’ve seen on this field in a long time. We did enough to win and we were very lucky and fortunate. We didn’t play our best, but we won anyway and at the end of the day, that’s what matters.”


The Gamecocks travel to Gainesville, Fla. for a three-game SEC series with Florida. Friday’s game is available on SEC Network + with first pitch set for 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s contests will be televised on the SEC Network. All three games can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”