South Carolina bounced back after a rough weekend in Missouri with a midweek victory over USC Upstate on Tuesday.
The Gamecocks got on the board first, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run homer by Carlos Cortes. That lead was short-lived, as the Spartans ended the shutout in the second inning with an RBI single, then tied the game on an RBI groundout.
The game was only tied until the bottom of the second, though, when Justin Row homered for the first time as a Gamecock. With one out and runners on the corners, Jonah Bride came through with an RBI base hit to make it 4-2 South Carolina.
Upstate again came within one run, scoring their final run of the game on an RBI groundout in the sixth inning.
The final runs of the night for the Gamecocks came on a two-run homer by Alex Destino in the bottom of the seventh.
Starter Cody Morris had a solid outing, working a career-high six innings. He allowed eight hits and three runs, didn’t walk any batters, and struck out seven. Colie Bowers went the rest of the way for the home team and also had a very strong outing.
With the win, South Carolina improves to 31-21 overall, while Upstate drops to 22-30 overall. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Thursday when they take on Georgia to begin the final SEC series of the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.