The Gamecocks' bats stayed hot - or at least warm - in the second half of today's doubleheader, propelling them to a sweep for the day.
College of Charleston was first on the board, taking a 2-0 lead on a Nick Pappas homer in the first inning. The Gamecocks offense took a while to get going, and they didn't do much of anything in the first three innings.
South Carolina tied things up in the fourth inning on a two-run single by Madison Stokes, his first hit as a Gamecock. Two batters later, Connor Bright came through with a homer to give the Gamecocks some insurance.
The Cougars tied it up in the sixth, when freshman pitcher Tyler Haswell, who was on in relief of starter Josh Reagan, gave up two consecutive walks, one of which forced in the run.
The tie was broken in the bottom of the inning by South Carolina freshman Alex Destino, who launched a two-run shot to put the home team up 5-3. Max Schrock knocked a single to make it 6-3 in the seventh inning, then Jordan Gore contributed a two-RBI single in the eighth.
College of Charleston made things interesting in the ninth with the bases loaded, but closer Taylor Widener managed to get out of the jam unscathed.
Much like in the first game, South Carolina got production from a lot of guys in the lineup. The pitching was also a strength, and since neither of those things could really be said about the first game of the series, it's good to see the Gamecocks come out strong today.
Reagan worked 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one batter, and struck out four. Haswell and freshman Brandon Murray made their first appearances today, and Widener pitched 2.2 innings, walking three batters and striking out six, a career-high.
South Carolina improves to 2-1 on the season, while College of Charleston drops to 1-2. The Gamecocks are scheduled to be back in action on Tuesday, when they host Furman. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.