The Gamecocks stayed in the win column with a series-opening victory over Princeton on Friday night.
The Tigers got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. South Carolina answered by tying the game up in the bottom of the inning, when Noah Campbell led off with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home on an error.
The tie was broken in the third inning, when the Gamecocks took a 3-1 lead. Campbell singled to start things off, and TJ Hopkins tripled to bring him home. An RBI single from Jonah Bride later got Hopkins across home plate.
USC added two more runs in the fifth inning. Hopkins led off with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball. Madison Stokes followed that up with a walk, then advanced on a balk and a groundout by LT Tolbert, before another balk brought him home, putting the Gamecocks up 5-1.
Princeton scored its only other run in the top of the eighth, and South Carolina added four more in the bottom of the inning. Bride was hit by a pitch and stole second, Carlos Cortes walked, and a one-out double from Jacob Olson got them both across home plate to make it 7-2 Gamecocks. With two outs, Matt Williams homered for the last two runs of the game.
Starter Adam Hill had another solid outing, working five innings and allowing just two hits and one run. He also walked two batters and struck out nine. John Gilreath also pitched in this game. Hill earned the win, improving to 2-1 on the season, and Gilreath got the save, his first.
South Carolina improves to 9-5, while Princeton drops to 0-5. They’ll meet again Saturday for a doubleheader, with the first pitch in the first game set for 1 p.m. Cody Morris will start on the mound for the Gamecocks.