Baseball Falls to South Carolina in Season Opener
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Great Danes baseball team found themselves down early and were unable to mount any sort of comeback. Following a three-run third and four run-fourth, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks added two more runs the rest of the way to hand UAlbany their first loss of the season, 10-1.
After a scoreless first inning, South Carolina’s Clark Scolamiero hit a sacrifice fly that sent in John Jones from third base, putting the Gamecocks up 1-0. Following another half inning, in which Albany saw no Great Danes cross home, USC tallied up another three runs. Jones hit a long shot to deep right field, sending in a bases loaded Gamecock squad to put them up 4-0.
With Will Miller and Karson Canady on first and second in the top of the fourth inning, Matt Hinchy hit the ball up the right side of the field, sending in Miller to give the Danes their first run of the game.
The Gamecocks would respond right away in the bottom half of the inning with four runs of their own. After starter Stephen Woods struck out Scolamiero to start the inning, Marcus Mooney sent the ball down the left field line, putting him on second base. Dom Thompson-Williams stepped up to the plate and powered the ball just over Will Miller’s head in center field into the Gamecocks bullpen, giving USC a 5-1 lead.
Brendan Ryan replaced Stephen Woods at this point, in which he threw just 0.1 innings and walked four batters giving the Gamecocks a 8-1 lead.
South Carolina picked up two more runs, one in each of the next two innings, which would end up being the last run of the night.
Sophomore Connor Powers, junior Kyle Sacks and freshman Matt Codispoti all tallied hits for the Great Danes, with Hinchy having the lone RBI of the game.
Woods (0-1) went 3.1 innings, and picked up four strikeouts and allowed seven hits. Freshman Angelo Spedafino picked up his first collegiate strikeout after pitching 2.0 innings.
Clarke Schmidt (1-0) pitched 6.0 innings, had six strikeouts and only allowed three hits for the Gamecocks. Thompson-Williams had another two hits to go along with his two-run homerun and three runs scored.
The Danes will return to Founders Park tomorrow for their second game against the Gamecocks starting at 2 p.m. Junior Marcus Failing will get the start for UAlbany against freshman left hand pitcher, Braden Webb.