After an offensive explosion to end the weekend, the Gamecocks’ bats were much quieter on Tuesday, but they did enough to come away with another win.
Appalachian State took an early lead, going up 1-0 in the first inning after a single and a double. Fortunately for South Carolina, that was the end of the Mountaineers’ scoring for the day.
The Gamecocks also didn’t trail for long, as they tied things up in the second inning when Jake Olson homered with one out to make it 1-1. The tie didn’t last long either, because USC took the lead in the next inning. Brady Allen started things off with a walk and stole second, then Luke Berryhill came through with a two-out RBI double to put the home team up 2-1.
That score held until the bottom of the eighth inning, when the Gamecocks added one more insurance run. Allen led off with a double, then came home on an RBI sac fly from TJ Hopkins.
South Carolina starter John Gilreath worked just two innings and allowed only three hits and one run. He didn’t walk any batters and struck out one. Parker Coyne, Cam Tringali, Wesley Sweatt and Brett Kerry also pitched in this game. Coyne got the win and is now 2-0, while Kerry got the save, his first. App State starter Brandon Boone took the loss and is 0-1.
There was some bad news from this game, as Chris Cullen left with a back injury. Noah Campbell also didn’t play due to a back issue, but hopefully both guys will be good to go for the Clemson series this week.
USC is now 7-1, while Appalachian State drops to 2-5. The Gamecocks will play away from home for the first time this season on Friday, when they open the series against the Tigers in Clemson.