CONWAY, South Carolina – The South Carolina softball team went through its second day of Battle at the Beach, as the Gamecocks beat Marshall 7-3 and Fordham 8-0. The team improved its record to 7-2 on the year.
Riley Blampied led the Gamecocks that day, going 3 for 6 with one RBI and two runs scored. Maddie Gallagher, Fabian Jordan, Hannah Kumiyamaand Emma Sellers each finished with a pair of hits. Sellers and Katie Prebble led the team with three RBIs on the day, while Prebble also led the team with three runs scored.
The Gamecocks jumped all over the Thundering Herd in the morning game, scoring three runs early in the second. Sellers’ suicidal bunt allowed Blampied to score, and a throwing error from Marshall’s third baseman also allowed Aaliyah White score on the play. One out later, Gallagher delivered an RBI single, scoring Sellers from third.
Carolina would add a run in the top of the third on an RBI brace from Blampied. Marshall’s only runs of the game would come down the frame on a two-out, three-run homer.
The Gamecocks followed suit in seventh. After a first single from Fabian, Kasidy Krupit was hit by a throw. Prebble stepped in and with a 3-2 count, hit a three-run home run, for her third home run in as many games.
Karen Ochs earned his first win of the season, pitching four innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Rachel Vaughan came on during the fifth inning with the tying run on base and escaped the jam. Vaughan made his first career save by throwing three scoreless innings while scattering three hits.
Gamecock’s bats stayed hot in the second game of the day, scoring five runs late in the first. Gallagher started the inning with a walk and one out later, went all the way around first to score on a Kumiyama single. After a walk to Prebble and a single from Blampied, Sellers picked the middle, scoring Prebble and Vaughan, who was running to perfection. Blampied also scored on the play when the first baseman’s throw at third sailed wide. White failed at shortstop, allowing the Sellers to score for the final run of the inning.
starting pitcher Bailey Betenbaugh threw his only jam of the day in the fourth, when the Rams charged with one out.
South Carolina enforced the run rule by scoring three runs late in the fourth, all of which came with two outs. Carlie Henderson single and Gallagher drove it home on a double down the left field line. Fabian stepped in and on the first pitch she saw, quickly dropped the ball onto the center field wall for her first home run of the season.
Betenbaugh improved to 2-0 this season with the complete shutout. She allowed just two hits while striking out five.
The Gamecocks wrap up the Battle at the Beach tournament when they take on host Coastal Carolina tomorrow, February 20 at 12:15 p.m.
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