South Carolina needed a rally to do it, but the Gamdcocks had just enough offense on Tuesday night to earn another midweek victory.
USC got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Luke Berryhill and Jacob Olson took back-to-back walks to start the game and Brady Allen brought Olson home with a two-out RBI single. The 49ers tied the game at 1-1 in the next inning on a wild pitch, and a two-out solo shot in the fourth inning gave them a 2-1 lead.
Charlotte added another run in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI double, and then it was the Gamecocks’ turn to tie things up. Andrew Eyster singled to start things off, Allen walked, and both advanced on a sac bunt by Chris Cullen. Jonah Beamon then came through with his first career RBI, a base hit, and Noah Campbell followed with an RBI single of his own to make the score 3-3.
Eyster homered in the sixth to put South Carolina on top 4-3, and the Gamecocks’ final run came in the seventh inning after Campbell tripled with one out and George Callil brought him in with a sac fly. The 49ers scored once more in the ninth inning on an RBI double.
USC starter TJ Shook worked two innings, giving up just one hit and no runs. He walked batter and struck two out. Dylan Harley, Sawyer Bridges, John Gilreath, and Wesley Sweatt also pitched in this game, with Bridges getting the win, making him 2-0, and Sweatt earning the save, his first. Charlotte reliever Spencer Ard took the loss and is now 1-1.
The Gamecocks improve to 20-13, while the 49ers are now 12-19-1. South Carolina will be back in action on Thursday, when they kick off a series against Florida on the road.