March 16, 2010
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Nolan Belcher pitched six shutout innings and Scott Wingo went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs to power South Carolina to a 15-0 shutout of Furman in baseball action Tuesday evening in front of 3,256 fans at Fluor Field.
Belcher (2-0) surrendered three of his four hits in the third inning but didn't allow a run in keying the Gamecocks (12-4) to their third straight shutout of the Paladins (6-10). The sophomore right-hander struck out six and walked only one.
Wingo delivered a three-run double in the third inning and added an RBI single in the fifth to highlight USC's 14-hit attack, which saw every starter score. Evan Marzilli crossed the dish three times, and Kyle Enders, Nick Ebert, Adam Matthews, Robert Beary each scored twice.
Whit Merrifield went 3-for-6 with three RBI, and Adrian Morales and Christian Walker also drove in a pair of runs for USC.
Will Owens had two of Furman's five hits.
Trailing 2-0, Furman came unglued after two outs in the third when USC needed only one hit to go along with two walks, a hit batsman, two wild pitches, including one on a swinging third strike, a passed ball, and an error to plate five runs. Wingo's bases clearing double capped the frame and staked USC to a 7-0 lead.
The Gamecocks added another unearned run in the fourth and blew the game open with a three-run fifth that included a Wingo RBI single and two-run double by Merrifield that made it 11-0.
Taking the loss for Furman was Barry Benton (0-3), who surrendered nine hits and 11 runs, though only four were earned.
Furman opens a three-game Southern Conference series against Davidson on Friday.
First pitch at Latham Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.