Gamecocks’ power too much for MSU

Published 12:15 pm Monday, April 5, 2010

Once again, South Carolina overwhelmed an opponent with brute force.

The Gamecocks hit three home runs Sunday, including a three-run shot by Lester Bangs that put the game out of reach in the fourth inning, and routed Mississippi State 14-2 in the finale of a weekend series.

South Carolina (22-6, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) hit six home runs in the three-game series, and has hit 34 in 28 games this season.

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South Carolina’s Nos. 3-6 hitters did most of the damage on Sunday, although eight of the nine starters had at least one hit. Adrian Morales went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, while Bangs and Nick Ebert both homered. Bangs’ three-run shot in the fourth inning put the Gamecocks ahead 10-2.

Adam Matthews also drove in a run. In all, the middle of the Gamecocks’ order drove in nine of the team’s 14 runs.

Luke Adkins and Russ Sneed homered for Mississippi State. Both connected on solo shots in the first two innings, with Sneed’s tying the game at 2 in the second inning. South Carolina scored five times in the third to take the lead for good, however, then put it out of reach with a four-run fourth.