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South Carolina vs. The Citadel game recap: Gamecocks beat Bulldogs 9-5

Strong starting pitching and multiple homers - including a grand slam - helped propel USC to a midweek win

The Big Spur

After an up and down performance against Arkansas over the weekend, South Carolina used a series of home runs to bounce back with a victory on Tuesday night, despite a late-game rally by The Citadel

The Gamecocks got on the board early, taking a 2-0 lead in the second when Wes Clarke walked to start things off and Braylen Wimmer went yard with one out. USC broke things open in the fourth, tacking on four more runs. Clarke singled to lead off, then with two outs, Brennan Milone doubled, George Callil knocked a base hit, and Noah Myers blasted a grand slam - his first career homer at Carolina - to make the score 6-0.

Another run scored for the Cocks in the seventh, when Clarke doubled with one and and Wimmer doubled with two outs to make it a 7-0 game. South Carolina’s final two runs came in the eighth, after Callil walked to start things off and Brady Allen belted a home run with one out. The Bulldogs made things interesting in the ninth, scoring all five of their runs on a pair of two-out dingers from Cole Simpson and Ben Hutchins.

Gamecocks starter Jack Mahoney had a fantastic night, working a career-long 7.2 innings and allowing just five hits and no runs, walking only one batter, and striking out six. He got the win and is now 3-0. Jackson Phipps also took the mound in this game. The Citadel’s starter, Lathan Todd, took the loss and drops to 2-6. Allen led USC at the plate with four hits, while Myers had four RBI.

Carolina improves to 26-12 overall, while the Bulldogs are now 11-25. The Cocks will be back in action this weekened, when they travel to play a series against Ole Miss. First pitch in the opener on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. in Oxford.