Following an unfortunate series loss to Georgia this past weekend, South Carolina's offense woke up. Now let' for this midweek contest. Let's hope they stay that way.
The Paladins took an early lead, going up 1-0 in the first inning, but after that it was pretty much all Gamecocks. They tied things up in the second inning when Dom Thompson-Williams led off with a double and Jonah Bride followed with a double of his own to get DTW home. Marcus Mooney came through later in the inning with a one-out sac fly to put South Carolina up 2-1.
The Gamecocks tacked on another run in the third inning, courtesy of an RBI groundout from Alex Destino. Two more runs came in the next inning. Mooney knocked a one-out base hit, then Gene Cone smacked an RBI triple to make it 4-1 and extend his hitting streak to 24 games. TJ Hopkins followed that up with an RBI single to bring in another run.
Furman scored two runs in the fifth inning on a two-out single and a two-out double.
Two more South Carolina runs were scored in the sixth inning. Mooney got plunked to start things off, then Hopkins doubled with one out and John Jones did the same, making it 7-3. A Paladins error then got Destino safely to first and another run across the plate.
The Gamecocks broke things open even more in the eighth inning, scoring five runs. Matt Williams walked with one out, and eventually made it home on a Mooney RBI single. Cone got hit and Hopkins walked, loading the bases, then Jones came through with an RBI single to get South Carolina into the double digits and make it 10-3. With two outs, DTW belted a three-run triple to clear the bases.
The Paladins' final run of the night came on a one-out RBI groundout in the eighth inning.
Starting pitcher Taylor Widener did a nice job tonight. He worked into the fifth inning, at which point Reed Scott took over. Colie Bowers, Brandon Murray, and Matt Vogal also pitched for the Gamecocks tonight.
With the win, South Carolina improves to 30-8 overall, while Furman drops to 15-22 on the season. The Gamecocks will be back in action this weekend, when they they host Missouri. First pitch on Friday is set for 7 p.m. at Founder's Park.