Sophomore right-hander Evan Beal retired 14 consecutive
batters at one point and combined with three Gamecock relievers for a one-hit
shutout as 6th-ranked South Carolina defeated Rider 2-0 on Friday night in
game one of a three-game series at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks improve to 11-2. Rider falls to
In only his second career start, Beal was outstanding as
he went six-plus innings and limited the Broncs to just one single in the
second inning. Beal struck out a
career-high six batters and walked just two to earn his first win of the
year. He is 1-0 on the season. Senior left-hander Tyler Webb posted his
fourth save after pitching 2.1 perfect innings of relief with four
strikeouts. Rider starting pitcher Tyler
Smith was effective on the mound as well as he went the distance allowing seven
hits in eight innings of work. He struck
out eight and walked just one. He is 2-1
on the year.
South Carolina had seven hits in the contest. The shutout victory marked Carolina's third
shutout in the last four games.