Is scoring eight runs in one inning good? It seems good, and it worked out well for the No. 24 Gamecocks, as they rolled to a victory over The Citadel on Tuesday.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, Andrew Eyster started the bottom of the second by going yard, putting South Carolina up 1-0. With one out, Jordan Holladay singled, then George Callil homered to make it 3-0. Noah Campbell followed with a base hit and Brady Allen walked, then Luke Berryhill doubled with two outs to bring them both home and make the score 5-0. Jacob Olson followed with a double of his own to score Berryhill, Eyster walked, then a throwing error got Chris Cullen to first. He also was able to advance on the error, while Olson and Eyster came home to put the Gamecocks on top 8-0.
That score held until the bottom of the sixth inning, when USC scored its final run after Berryhill led off with a walk, advanced two bases on a passed ball and a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI single by Olson.
Gamecocks starter TJ Shook had a terrific outing, working 6.1 innings of shutout ball and giving up just one hit. He walked three batters and struck out a career-high 12. Shook earned the win and is now 2-0 on the season. John Gilreath also pitched for South Carolina in this game. Bulldogs starter Cameron Reeves took the loss and is now 0-1.
With the win, the Gamecocks improve to 10-2, while The Citadel is now 5-6. USC will be back in action on Wednesday when Gardner-Webb comes to Columbia. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Founders Park.