The Penn State baseball team’s rough start to the season continued Wednesday night.
The Nittany Lions fell into an early six-run hole en route to a 13-3 loss to No. 7 South Carolina.
Max Schrock went 3 for 3 with a home run and Kyle Martin went 3 for 4 with a home run to lead the Gamecocks, who recorded 15 hits. Schrock scored three runs and drove in three runs, while Martin scored two runs and had two RBIs.
South Carolina’s Preston Johnson allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief to earn the win. Starting pitcher Reed Scott allowed one hit in four scoreless innings.
Nittany Lion starter Jordan Donmoyer allowed three runs on five hits in two innings to take the loss. Penn State’s Aaron Novak went 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
South Carolina (14-3) jumped out to a 6-0 lead going to the fifth inning, when Alex Malinsky’s two-run single got Penn State on the board.
The Nittany Lions (1-10) take on Western Carolina in Lynchburg, Va., at 1 p.m. Friday.