South Carolina bounced back from a tough weekend by scoring a lot of runs in the first few innings against Charleston Southern on Tuesday night, earning a midweek victory on the road in a game where no one scored after the fourth inning.
The Gamecocks got on the board quickly, taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Noah Campbell started things off with a solo shot to put USC on the board 1-0, and with two outs, Luke Berryhill singled, stole second, and came home on an RBI single by Jacob Olson.
A whole bunch of runs came in the next inning as the Gamecocks broke things wide open. Chris Cullen took a leadoff walk, then Brady Allen came through with an RBI triple to make it 3-0. With two outs, George Callil walked, TJ Hopkins knocked an RBI single to score Allen and make the score 4-0, and Callil then came home on a throwing error to put South Carolina up 5-0. Berryhill followed with a two-run homer to make it a 7-0 game, then Olson got hit by a pitch, stole second, and scored on an Andrew Eyster RBI base hit, making the score 8-0.
The Gamecocks’ final two runs of the game came in the third inning. Allen tripled to start things off, then Josiah Sightler tripled too to get Allen home and make it 9-0. Campbell followed with an RBI single to score Sightler and put USC in double digits.
The Buccaneers’ runs all came in the fourth inning. With two outs, Josh Litchfield doubled to get Charleston Southern on the board, and a throwing error brought in two more runs.
Gamecocks starter Daniel Lloyd pitched 3.2 innings and allowed four hits and three runs. He walked one batter and struck out seven. Lloyd got the win and is now 3-3. Dylan Harley, Sawyer Bridges, Wesley Sweatt, Cole Ganopulos, and Gage Hinson also took the mound in this game. Buccaneers starter Logan Adams took the loss and is now 0-2.
South Carolina improves to 24-17 while Charleson Southern drops to 16-28. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Friday when they open up a series against Missouri in the other Columbia.