Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- USC freshman pitcher Nickie Blue pitched five shutout innings as Carolina defeated Iowa 1-0 in the season opener Friday at Carolina Stadium at Beckham Field.
Blue scattered three hits and two walks while striking out a pair of batters.
Another freshman, Kaylea Snaer, provided the only run of the game, a solo home run in the fourth inning.
The game with Iowa is part of the Carolina Classic which runs through Sunday. USC will face Ohio and Presbyterian Saturday starting at 12:30 pm.