Gamecocks Post Season Best 14 Hits in 8-0 (6) Win over Indiana
March 4, 2017
FULLERTON, Calif. – The South Carolina Gamecocks (15-3) got back on the right track with an 8-0 win in six innings over Indiana (6-11) in the Saturday’s first game on Anderson Family Field 2 as part of the Judi Garman Classic.
Sophomore Kennedy Clark led the way for the Gamecocks, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, including the first one of the day on her single in the first, which scored junior Krystan White. Senior Kaylea Snaer and Clark both had RBI in the third, Snaer on her two-out single and Clark with the double immediately following.
Sophomore catcher Lex Hull added an RBI double in the fourth, while two more Gamecock runs came home in the fifth. After freshman Mackenzie Boesel greeted the Hoosier reliever with a triple, White brought her home with a hit. Clark moved White to third with her second double, and junior Shannon Plese scored the Gamecocks’ shortstop with her groundout.
South Carolina loaded the bases in the sixth on singles by senior Taylor Williams and junior Kamryn Watts prior to Boesel’s walk. White smacked a pitch to center for a double to plate two and make it 8-0.
That was more than enough for freshman Cayla Drotar (3-1), who shut down the Hoosiers. She scattered four hits and two walks in six innings of work for her second career shutout, striking out two. Indiana starter Emily Kirk (0-1) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on nine hits in four innings in the circle.
Clark’s bat helped propel the Gamecocks to the win, posting her second career two-double day and her fourth three-hit outing.
The top five in the Gamecocks’ lineup combined to go 11-for-19 with three of the four doubles on the day, while eight of the nine starters had hits. Overall, the 14 hits are the most for SC this season.
White led the Gamecocks with three RBI while going 2-for-4 with a double.
Watts stole two bases, scored twice and went 2-for-4.
Boesel tripled, scored and walked as a part of her 2-for-3 outing.
Hull cracked her first career extra-base hit with the RBI double.
The Gamecocks now have shutouts in half of their games this season to go with six run-shortened victories.