For a one-run game, this contests was really, really boring, not to mention slow-moving. The Gamecocks came away with the win, though, so it's hard to complain too much.
South Carolina jumped out to an early lead, getting on the board in the first inning. TJ Hopkins led off with a walk, then John Jones and Alex Destino hit back-to-back one-out homers to make it 3-0 in favor of the home team.
Furman answered in the next inning, scoring two runs of their own. Jordan Simpson started the inning with a double, Deon Sanders walked with one out, and a single by Matt Towarnicky brought both the runners home.
The Paladins tied things up in the third, scoring their third run of the night on an RBI single from Simpson. The Gamecocks regained the lead in the bottom of the inning, though. Destino took a lead-off walk, Dom Thompson-Williams singled, and Hunter Taylor walked with one out to load the bases, then DC Arendas came through with an RBI sac fly to make it 4-3 South Carolina. Marcus Mooney followed that with a walk, and then another walk, this time to Hopkins, brought in another insurance run for the Gamecocks.
The back and forth scoring continued, as Furman pulled to within one run in the fifth inning, courtesy of another Simpson RBI single.
South Carolina starting pitcher Canaan Cropper didn't have his best outing, lasting just two innings. He allowed three hits, two runs, walked three batters, and struck out three. A number of other pitchers took the mound for the Gamecocks tonight, with Colton Provey, Tyler Haswell, Reed Scott, and Josh Reagan all getting a chance to pitch.
With the win, the Gamecocks are now 12-2, while Furman falls to 7-5. South Carolina will be back in action on Friday, when they host Charleston Southern for a weekend series. First pitch on Friday is set for 7 p.m. at Founder's Park.