No. 4 USC Can’t Complete the Sweep, Drops Its Second Game of Season
Head Coach Ray Tanner was disappointed the team could not complete the sweep, but said his team will put it behind them on Tuesday against Furman
By: Steve Huegel
Cal State-Bakersfield took advantage of some erratic pitching and light hitting from the Gamecocks to win the final game of the three game series, 8-3 Sunday.
Cal State-Bakersfield pitcher Tommy Hoenshell allowed three runs in eight innings to help boost the Roadrunners (12-5) to a victory over the Gamecocks (11-2) in front of 7,128 fans at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks won the first two games in the three game series, but could not get anything going on Sunday.
With the game tied at 1, Bakersfield scored four runs in the third inning despite having only two hits.
USC rallied for two runs late in the eighth. Adrian Moraleshad two hits and an RBI for USC, and Christian Walker had two hits and scored two runs, but it was not enough.
"Bakersfield has a nice club," said head coach Ray Tanner. "They were able to capitalize on some opportunities, and they had a guy on the mound that knows how to pitch."
USC's starting pitcher Tyler Webb struggled on the mound taking his first loss of the season. He pitched two innings, and allowed four runs on three hits. He also walked four batters and hit another.
"He wasn't that far off, but at the end of the day, he wasn't sharp. He's got to do a better job than that," said Tanner. "Tyler is a classy young man. He works extremely hard and I know he would've liked to have pitched better than he did today."
Junior Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was stellar in the series hitting .556 in three games. He went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI's in the 5-1 victory on Friday.
The Roadrunner victory Sunday broke a three game losing streak for Cal State-Bakersfield, playing their third season at the Division-1 level.
The Gamecocks will try to rebound against Furman on Tuesday at Fluor Field at 7 p.m.