South Carolina tops Ohio to open 2017 softball season

Jessica Elliott pitched a shutout game for the Gamecocks in their season-opening 10-0 win over the Ohio Bobcats that ended after just five innings, thanks to the mercy rule.

In five innings, Elliott struck out five batters and allowed only three hits while throwing just 75 pitches. Thanks to Elliott’s dominant showing, the Ohio bats were kept at bay throughout the game and never threatened to make South Carolina’s first game of the season a close one.

At the plate, the Gamecocks were just as dominant, scoring in each inning played. South Carolina had nine hits in the game and was especially effective with runners in scoring position, going 4-for-10 in such situations.

Designated player Krystan White and third baseman Kamryn Watts each had notable games to get their respective seasons off to a strong start. Watts was productive from the leadoff spot in the order, reaching base twice on two singles in four at-bats and hitting in one run. White went 2-for-2 with four runs batted in and the game’s only home run, which came in the bottom of the third inning.

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