Sarge Fry stadium reached maximum capacity saturday as fans came to watch the season opener for Gamecock Baseball. Friday's game was rained out but the gamecocks came ready to play a double header on saturday. Second ranked South Carolina scored 20 runs in the first five innings leading to a 22-5 win over East Carolina in the season opener. Phil Disher hit two home runs and a career high five RBI's. Carolina hit five home runs. The 22 run total was the most on opening day since April 3, 1901.
The Gamecocks started off strong during the second game with a homer from Whit Merrifield leading the gamecocks 2-1. This was Merrifield's first career hit and homer playing with the Gamecocks. But South Carolina couldn't hold on. East Carolina took the lead after scoring five runs in the third inning followed by Brandon Henderson hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning. East Carolina won 13-4.
But the battle wasn't over for the gamecocks. South Carolina had a 7-6 win in the rubber game of a three-game series against East Carolina. The gamecocks trailed 6-5 in the bottom of the 11th inning until Justin Smoak hit a two run homer. Smokes homer was his 41st of his career and is tied for seventh All-Time Career list at Carolina. South Carolina is now 2-1 for the year.