Home runs were the name of the game for South Carolina on Sunday, as the Gamecocks went yard a number of times en route to their first series sweep of the season.
USC got out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, after Jacob Olson led off with a double and Chris Cullen homered. The Gamecocks added two more runs in the next inning. Quinntin Perez got hit by a pitch with one out, then Luke Berryhill got hit by one with two outs and Olson walked to load the bases. Brady Allen followed with a single, and both Perez and Berryhill were able to score thanks to a muffed throw, making the score 4-0.
A groundout in the top of the fifth inning got Utah Valley on the board, but South Carolina added more insurance in the bottom of the inning. Berryhill knocked a base hit with one out, Allen walked with two outs, and Cullen came through with another dinger to put the home team up 7-1.
The Wolverines got a couple of runs back in the top of the next inning on a throwing error and an RBI single, but then Noah Campbell went yard to lead off the bottom of the inning and make the score 8-3.
The final two runs of the game came in the seventh inning, when Allen started things off with a home run to make it 9-3, and two batters later, Andrew Eyster homered for the first time as a Gamecock to put the team in double digits.
USC starter Reid Morgan had a great outing, working eight innings and allowing only five hits and three runs. He didn’t walk any batters and struck out nine. Morgan earned the win and is now 1-0. Wesley Sweatt pitched the top of the ninth. Utah Valley starter Walker Ramsey took the loss and drops to 0-2.
South Carolina improves to 6-1 on the season, while the Wolverines are now 1-5. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday, when they host Appalachian State. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Founders Park.