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South Carolina at North Carolina game recap: Gamecocks top Tar Heels 5-2

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USC got back in the win column with a midweek victory in Charlotte

The Big Spur

After a weekend series that ended with disappointment, South Carolina bounced back on the road on Tuesday night, beating North Carolina to sweep their slate of Charlotte games for the season.

The Gamecocks took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, when Chris Cullen walked with two outs and came home on an RBI double by Brady Allen. USC tacked on another run in the next inning. With one out, George Callil got hit by a pitch, advanced on a passed ball, and scored on an RBI single from TJ Hopkins to make the score 2-0.

The scoring continued in the fourth inning, as the Gamecocks added two more runs. Andrew Eyster started things off with a home run to make it 3-0, then Cullen doubled and came home on an RBI sac fly by Quinntin Perez, putting South Carolina on top 4-0.

The Tar Heels ended the shutout in the sixth inning, making it 4-2 thanks to a two-run homer from Michael Busch. The Gamecocks answered by scoring the final run of the game in the next inning when Hopkins went yard with one out.

USC starter Daniel Lloyd worked two innings and allowed two hits but no runs. He walked two batters and struck one out. Dylan Harley, Gage Hinson, John Gilreath, and Brett Kerry also pitched in this game. Harley got the win and is now 2-2, while Kerry earned the save, his fourth of the season. UNC starter Andrew Grogan took the loss and is now 2-1.

The Gamecocks improve to 22-15 overall, while the Tar Heels are now 27-11. South Carolina will play next on Thursday, when they open a series against No. 7 Texas A&M. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.