After some less-than-impressive showings as of late, South Carolina’s offense woke up against Cornell on Friday night, driving the Gamecocks to a 10-2 win to start this weekend’s series.
The Big Red scored first and got their only two runs of the game in the second inning, thanks to an Alex Carnegie lineout and an RBI single from Kalani Matton. The 2-0 lead was shortlived though, as USC answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Brady Allen reached first on an error, Dallas Beaver singled, and Jeff Heinrich followed with an RBI single to make it 2-1. Beaver and Heinrich then scored on an error to put the Gamecocks up 3-2, and after George Callil walked, Noah Myers tallied a groundout RBI to make the score 4-2.
Carolina added a couple more runs in the fifth inning, when Andrew Eyster knocked a base hit with two outs, then Wes Clarke came through with a homer to put the Gamecocks on top 6-2. Cornell had a chance to cut the lead in the next inning, but instead stranded the bases loaded. It’s much more enjoyable when it happens to the team that isn’t USC tbh.
In the seventh inning, USC tacked on a few more insurance runs. Heinrich and Colin Burgess singled to start things off, then Callil walked again to load the bases, and Myers followed with an RBI single to make the score 7-2. Braylen Wimmer brought in another run on a fly out to bump the score to 8-2, Callil scored on an error to make it 9-2, then Eyster grounded out bring in the final run of the game.
South Carolina starter Carmen Mlodzinski worked 5.1 innings and allowed six hits but just the two runs. He walked five batters and tallied five strikeouts. Mlodzinski got the win and is now 2-1. Daniel Lloyd, Julian Bosnic, Trey Tujetsch, and Brett Thomas also pitched in this game. Big Red starter Colby Wyatt took the loss and is now 0-3.
With the win, the Gamecocks improve to 9-4 overall, while Cornell drops to 1-6. They’ll meet again on Saturday, with first pitch set for 4 p.m. at Founders Park. Thomas Farr is set to start on the mound for USC.