South Carolina’s offense remains, frankly, offensive. Despite tallying 10 hits, the Gamecocks were mostly unproductive against Furman on Tuesday night, but a late-game homer was enough to get them a 3-1 win in Greenville.
The Paladins got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a Jake Crawford leadoff solo shot. That score held until the fifth inning, as USC tied things up when Colin Burgess doubled, then scored on a two-out RBI triple from Jeff Heinrich.
The Gamecocks had a chance to take the lead in the eighth inning after Heinrich singled and Noah Myers and Brady Allen walked, but instead they left the bases loaded. Nine innings weren’t enough to break the tie, so the teams went to extras, and not much happened until the 12th, when Carolina’s offense showed a bit of a pulse. Myers started things off with a walk, then Wes Clarke homered with one out, and Furman had no answer in the bottom of the inning.
USC starter Parker Coyne had a good outing, working four innings and giving up three hits but just one run. He walked two batters and struck four out. Graham Lawson, Cam Tringali, and TJ Shook also pitched in this game, and Tringali had a great bounceback after a rough outing against Clemson this weekend. Tringali earned the win and is now 1-0, while Shook got the save, his second of the season. Paladins reliever Jordan Beatson took the loss and is now 0-1.
The Gamecocks improve to 8-4, while Furman drops to 5-7. South Carolina will be back in action on Wednesday, when they host Boston College. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.