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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Top ranked South Carolina broke out to a three-run lead in the first two innings and six pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout as the Gamecocks defeated Furman 5-0 on Tuesday night at Carolina Stadium.  South Carolina improves to 16-0 on the year with its ninth shutout of the season.  Carolina has shut out four consecutive opponents.  Furman drops to 6-10 on the season.

Freshman right-hander Taylor Widener earned his first career win in a predetermined split.  He allowed just a hit and two walks in 3.1 innings.  Trey McNickle, Josh Reagan, Reed Scott, Hunter Privette and Cody Mincey all had scoreless outings as well.  The Gamecock bullpen has not allowed a run in 47.2 innings dating back to the first game of the season.  Furman left-hander Billy Greenfield suffered the loss and is 1-1 on the year.  He allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits in 3.2 innings.

The Gamecocks broke ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning.  Connor Bright reached base on a one-out single, Grayson Greiner drew a two-out walk and Elliot Caldwell knocked a RBI single up the middle to score Bright.

That lead increased to 3-0 as Carolina took advantage of a pair of Furman errors.  DC Arendas walked with one out and advanced to second on a failed pickoff by Greenfield.  He would score on Tanner English's two-out single to right field.  After Marcus Mooney reached on a fielding error by Furman third baseman Chris Ohmsted, the Gamecocks scored the third run on a RBI double off the bat of Bright, his team-leading ninth of the season.

Caldwell's second RBI hit of the evening increased the lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning.  Greiner would knock a two-out double to left-center and score on Caldwell's base hit up the middle.  Kyle Martin added a solo homer in the seventh inning to give the Gamecocks a 5-0 advantage.  Martin's homer was his third of the year.

The Gamecocks honored USC student Martha Childress before the game by presenting her a team jersey and a check for 1,000.00 to go towards her trust fund for continued care.

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