After a rough weekend against Auburn, South Carolina bounced back with a win over Furman on Tuesday night.
The Paladins got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning with some help from a couple of wild pitches. The Gamecocks tied things up in the second inning after Chris Cullen got hit to start things off and made it home, thanks to a couple of wild pitches and an RBI single by LT Tolbert.
South Carolina tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning. Jacob Olson singled with one out, Justin Row got plunked with two outs, and Carlos Cortes brought them both home with a double.
The final runs of the night came in the fifth inning. Matt Williams walked with one out, Cullen doubled, and Alex Destino made it 4-1 with an RBI single. With two outs, Tolbert came through again, smacking a two-run single.
Starter Cody Morris did a solid job, working five innings and allowing four hits but just one run. He didn’t walk any batters and struck out three. Colby Lee, who also did a really good job, took over for Morris to start the sixth inning and he pitched until Sawyer Bridges entered the game with one out in the ninth. Morris earned the win and improves to 2-0 this season.
With the win, South Carolina is now 20-8, while Furman drops to 11-16. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Thursday, when they start a series with Vanderbilt. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.