After losing in extras to open the series against Liberty on Friday night, South Carolina got back in the win column with a 13-7 win over the Flames on Saturday.
The Gamecocks got out to an early lead, taking a 1-0 lead as Liberty starter Mason Meyer gave up four straight walks to open the bottom of the first inning. With one out and the bases loaded, Quinntin Perez knocked an RBI single and Andrew Eyster walked to bring in another run, then Jordan Holladay came through with a sac fly to make it 4-0 USC. Nick Neville followed with an RBI base hit, putting the Gamecocks up 5-0.
South Carolina added to its lead in the next inning, when Brady Allen walked to start things off and TJ Hopkins followed with an RBI triple to make the score 6-0. He came home on a two-out RBI single from Perez that put the home team up 7-0.
The Flames got on the board in the third inning thanks to a handful of walks and a base hit, making the score 7-1. A balk, a walk and another single brought in four more runs, making it 7-5 and ending starter Dylan Harley’s day. Liberty pulled within a run in the fourth inning on an RBI double.
The Gamecocks got a couple of runs back in the bottom of the fourth, when Hopkins singled with one out and Jacob Olson went yard with two outs to put South Carolina up 9-6. The Flames answered with a run-scoring single in the fifth, giving them their seventh and final run of the game.
USC got another two-homer from Olson in the sixth inning, giving the team an 11-7 lead. That score held until the bottom of the eighth, when Luke Berryhill hit a one-out solo home run. Olson walked, Perez was hit by a pitch, and Eyster came through with a sac fly to give the Gamecocks their final run of the game, lucky number 13.
Harley worked 2.2 innings and allowed two hits, five runs, walked five batters, and struck out five. TJ Shook, Cam Tringali, Cole Ganopulos, Daniel Lloyd, and Brett Kerry also pitched in this game, with Shook getting the win. He is now 1-0 on the season. Meyer took the loss. Hopkins went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead USC.
The Gamecocks are now 1-0 on the season, as is Liberty. The rubber game is set for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Founders Park, with Reid Morgan slated to start on the mound for South Carolina.