Tyler Nye / The Daily Gamecock

South Carolina softball defeats Charlotte

The South Carolina softball team shut out UNC Charlotte (11-23) Wednesday night, marking their 20th consecutive win in out-of-conference play.

The Gamecocks (26-10, 3-8 SEC) have also now won 13-straight games against the Charlotte 49ers.

South Carolina scored seven runs with junior infielder Mackenzie Boesel and freshman catcher Jordan Fabian each putting up two RBI.

Sophomore starting pitcher Kelsey Oh pitched a complete game, recording six strikeouts and keeping Charlotte to just three hits, two of which came in the top of the first inning.

The Gamecocks answered with one run from Boesel on an error and another by junior infielder Kenzi Maguire on a sacrifice fly by junior designated hitter Cayla Drotar in the bottom of the first.

In the bottom of the fourth, a walk and a single put runners on base. Fabian took advantage, hitting a double up the middle to score two and extend South Carolina’s lead to four runs, resulting in Fabian's first career multi-RBI game.

“I was really impressed with Jordan Fabian tonight," said head coach Beverly Smith. "I think she did a great job with two strikes, just shortening up, making sure she put the ball in play and something happening for us.”

Boesel followed with a two-run homer that put the Gamecocks up 6-0. Freshman outfielder Haley Simpson’s RBI single in the fifth put the seventh and final run on the board for South Carolina.

South Carolina supported Oh’s pitching with seven hits and six walks.

The Gamecocks will continue SEC play this weekend when they face No. 4 Alabama at home.

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