The South Carolina offense still leaves a lot to be desired, but they did just enough on Tuesday night to squeak past Presbyterian and tally another midweek win.
The Gamecocks were first on the board, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning after TJ Hopkins led off with a double, then came home thanks to Carlos Cortes.
Presbyterian tied things up in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single, but South Carolina regained the lead in the bottom of the inning. Ross Grosvenor got hit with one out, advanced to third on an Alex Destino single (#TheLegendofRossGrosvenor), and came home on a Jonah Bride sac fly, putting South Carolina up 2-1.
Unfortunately, the Blue Hose again tied the game in the fifth inning, thanks to another RBI base hit. They took the lead in the seventh inning when the Gamecocks failed to execute a double play. It was South Carolina’s turn to tie the game in the bottom of the inning, as Destino homered to make the score 3-3. The Gamecocks then took the lead again and scored the final run of the game, when the bases were loaded and a wild pitch allowed Bride to make it home.
Starter Cody Morris had a decent outing, working into the fifth inning before being replaced by John Parke, who did a great job and earned the win and is now 2-1 on the season.
With the win, South Carolina improves to 28-19 overall, while Presbyterian drops to 24-25 overall. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Liberty. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Founders’ Park.