Originally created 02/27/06

Baseball: South Carolina 6-12, Duquesne 3-4



COLUMBIA, S.C. - Justin Smoak had five hits, scored five times and drove in five runs as South Carolina swept a doubleheader from Duquesne Sunday.

The Gamecocks (8-1) won the first game 6-3 and the second game 12-4 to sweep the weekend series from the Dukes (0-3).

The first game started in the fifth inning after being suspended by rain Saturday with Duquesne ahead 1-0.

South Carolina wasted no time getting back in it. Robbie Grinestaff hit a three-run homer as part of a four-run fifth inning.

Andy Lambert (2-0), who started the fifth and pitched two innings, got the win despite allowing two runs in the sixth. Shawn Valdes-Fauli pitched the ninth, allowing the single, to earn his third save.

Bob Hartle (0-1) pitched the final four innings for the Dukes, allowing seven hits and six runs to get in the loss.

In the second game, Smoak reached base all five times he came to the plate, with two walks, two doubles and a home run. The freshman first baseman recorded five RBIs in the game and has reached base seven straight times.

The Gamecocks led 5-0 after three innings. Derek Mechling's triple scored two of Duquesne's three runs in the fourth as the Dukes cut the deficit to 5-3. But South Carolina scored three in the fourth and sixth innings to put the game away.

South Carolina starter Forrest Beverly (3-0) gave up six hits, struck out seven and allowed three runs to pick up the win.

Duquesne starter Jeremy Gerger (0-1) allowed nine hits and eight runs, six of them earned, in four innings to get the loss.