By Catherine Martin
A standing-room-only crowd squeezed into Sarge Fry Field to see the Gamecocks win 22-5 over East Carolina Saturday in the season opening game. Second ranked South Carolina scored 20 runs in the first five innings leading to a 22-5 win.
Phil Disher hit two home runs and a career high five RBI's. Carolina hit five home runs overall. The 22 run total was the most on opening day since April 3, 1901.
The Gamecocks started the second game of a double header off strong with a homer from Whit Merrifield giving the Gamecocks a 2-1 lead. This was Merrifield's first career hit and home-run 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.
South Carolina had a 7-6 win in the rubber game of a three-game series against East Carolina on Sunday. 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 he is tied for seventh All-Time Career list at Carolina. South Carolina is now 2-1 for the year.