After five straight SEC losses, the Gamecocks pulled off a win in conference play on Thursday night, beating Tennessee to start off this series on a high note.
South Carolina got off to a good start, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning. With one out, LT Tolbert got hit by a pitch, then with two outs, Jonah Bride walked and Hunter Taylor made it safely to first on an error to load the bases. Chris Cullen also walked, forcing home the first run of the game, and Riley Hogan followed with a two-run single.
The Gamecocks added two more runs in the third inning. Justin Row and Bride knocked back-to-back singles to start things off, then Taylor walked to load the bases again. Cullen came through with a base hit that brought Row and Bride home, putting USC up 5-0.
The final run for the Gamecocks came in the next inning, after Bride singled to lead off, then eventually came home on a wild pitch. The Volunteers’ only run of the game was scored in the seventh inning on a wild pitch.
Starter Adam Hill had a great outing in his first game back after missing the Georgia series. He worked five innings and didn’t allow any hits or runs. He walked four batters and also struck four out. Carmen Mlodzinski, Graham Lawson, and Parker Coyne also pitched in this game. Hill earned the win and is now 3-2 on the season.
South Carolina improves to 15-11 overall and 2-5 in conference play, while Tennessee is now 17-10 overall and 4-3 in the SEC. They’ll meet again on Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founders Park. Cody Morris will start on the mound for the Gamecocks.