South Carolina scored six runs in the first inning to take the eventual 8-0 win in five innings over the Presbyterian College softball team in its second game of the Carolina Classic, being held Feb. 10-12, in Columbia, S.C.

Blue Hose Player of the Game
Kelsie Sanchez picked up PC’s lone hit of the game, an infield single in the second inning.

How It Happened
South Carolina did most of the damage in the first inning, taking the early 6-0 lead. With an out on the board in the first Mackenzie Boesel laced a triple down the left field line, with Victoria Williams hitting the team’s second triple of the inning to bring in the first run. Kennedy Clark reached on a PC error and brought home Williams for the second run. Kenzi Maguire recorded a single, while Taylor Williams reached on a hit by pitch. The next at-bat Krystan White hit a two-RBI single up the middle to make it 4-0. After Jordyn Augustus was hit by a pitch, Kamryn Watts added two more runs off a single to the shortstop, giving the home team the 6-0 lead

The Gamecocks added a run in the third off a PC error, with Williams making it 8-0 off a home run over the right field fence in the fourth.

Notables
The loss marked the first time PC has been run-ruled since a 0-8 loss against St. Joseph’s Feb. 19, of last season.

Final Lines
PC finished with no runs off one hit and recorded four errors. USC scored eight runs off seven hits, and was errorless. Cayla Drotar picked up the win, pitching 5.0 innings, and surrendering one hit while striking out six. PC’s Alex Cook took the loss, giving up six runs off five hits in 0.2 innings. Kaylee Allen came in for 3.1 innings, with two runs, three hits, and two strikeouts.

For the Record
PC falls to 1-1 on the season, while South Carolina moves to 2-0.

Up Next
The Blue Hose continue Carolina Classic play Saturday, Feb. 11, with a 5:30 game against Ohio.

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