The Gamecocks kept things rolling against another visiting Ivy League team on Wednesday, trouncing Harvard at Founder’s Park.
The Crimson took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but South Carolina answered in the bottom of the inning, going up 2-1. Noah Campbell and TJ Hopkins took back-to-back walks, then came home on RBI singles from Madison Stokes and LT Tolbert.
The Gamecocks scored again in the third inning, taking a 3-1 lead. Campbell singled to start things off, Hopkins walked again, and Stokes walked too. Campbell later scored on a weird double play. Harvard got the run back in the top of the fourth inning, courtesy of a homer that made the score 3-2.
USC tacked on some insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth. Matt Williams knocked a leadoff single, then Carlos Cortes and Hunter Taylor both singled with one out to load the bases. Campbell brought one run home, making it 4-2, then Hopkins singled to bring in two more runs and Stokes came through with RBI singles to bump the score up to 7-2.
The Crimson scored their final run of the game in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI double, making it 7-3. The Gamecocks broke things wide open in the bottom of the seventh. Jacob Olson singled to start things off, then Cortes and Taylor followed with base hits to load the bases again. Campbell knocked an RBI single to make the score 8-3, then Hopkins got hit to force in another run and make it 9-3 USC. With one out, Tolbert came through with a sac fly that put South Carolina in double digits, and Jonah Bride and Riley Hogan each tallied RBI singles to bring home the final two runs of the game.
Starter Logan Chapman had an okay outing, working 3.2 innings and giving up five hits and two runs. He also walked two batters and struck out five. Ridge Chapman, Parker Coyne, Sawyer Bridges, Hunter Lomas, and Graham Lawson also pitched in this game. Coyne got the win, making him 1-0 on the season.
South Carolina is now 12-5, while Harvard drops to 6-8. The Gamecocks will play again on Friday, when they open up the first SEC series of the year and host Florida. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founder’s Park.