The Gamecocks earned their first series sweep of the season on Saturday, beating Princeton in both games of a doubleheader.
In the first game, South Carolina scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning thanks to an LT Tolbert homer. The Gamecocks added a couple more runs in the third inning. Noah Campbell doubled with one out, then came home when TJ Hopkins followed with a double of his own. Hopkins then scored on a Madison Stokes base hit, making it 3-0 USC.
The Tigers ended the shutout in the fourth inning, making the score 3-1, but the Gamecocks answered by scoring a run in the bottom of the inning. Jonah Bride doubled to start things off, and later came home on a double by Chris Cullen to make it 4-1. South Carolina added another run in the fifth inning. Hopkins and Stokes hit back-to-back singles to start things off, then Tolbert singled too to bring Hopkins in and put the Gamecocks up 5-1.
Princeton tacked on another run in the sixth inning thanks to a double, making the score 5-2. USC answered again in the bottom of the inning by scoring two more runs when Campbell singled with one out and Hopkins went yard to make it 7-2. The last run of the game was scored by the Tigers with an RBI single in the seventh, making the final score 7-3.
Starter Cody Morris worked six innings and gave up five hits and three runs. He walked two batters and struck two out. Sawyer Bridges and Hunter Lomas went the rest of the way for the Gamecocks. Morris earned the win, making him 3-0 this season, and Lomas got the save, his first.
In game two of the doubleheader, South Carolina took an early lead, as another Tolbert home run put the Gamecocks up 3-0. USC added another run in the second inning, when Campbell tripled with two outs and later came home on an RBI single by Stokes, making it 4-0. The Gamecocks scored again in the third inning, thanks to a Carlos Cortes dinger that put South Carolina up 5-0.
The Tigers got on the board in the fourth inning, as an RBI triple and a sac fly made the score 5-2. Princeton made things interesting in the fifth inning, as two homers pulled them within one run of the Gamecocks, making it 5-4. USC managed to score one more time, tacking on the final run of the game in the eighth inning. Danny Blair walked to start things off, and later came home on a one-out double by Stokes, making the final score 6-4.
Eddy Demurias made his first start of the season and pitched five innings, allowing seven hits and four runs, while also striking out four batters and not walking any. TJ Shook and Carmen Mlodzinski also pitched in the game. Demurias earned the win and is now 2-0, while Mlodzinski got the save, his first.
South Carolina improves to 11-5 on the season, while Princeton drops to 0-7. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Wednesday, when they host Harvard. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Founder’s Park.