South Carolina’s offense stalled on Tuesday night in Charlotte, as the Gamecocks lost to North Carolina in a game that required 10 innings.
Each team scored in the first, with the Tar Heels going up 1-0 in the top of the inning on a Justice Thompson RBI single. USC answered in the bottom of the inning when Brady Allen took a leadoff walk and later scored on an RBI sac fly by Wes Clarke that tied the game.
The 1-1 score held until the sixth inning, when both teams scored again. In the top of the inning, UNC took a 2-1 lead on an RBI groundout by Hunter Stokely. The Cocks again responded in the bottom of the inning, tying the game back up with a solo shot from Josiah Sightler. The final run of the game came in the top of the 10th, courtesy of a Caleb Roberts RBI single.
USC starter Jack Mahoney had a good outing, pitching four innings and allowing six hits but just one run, while not walking any batters and striking out four. Daniel Lloyd, Andrew Peters, and Julian Bosnic combined to go the rest of the way for South Carolina, and Bosnic took the loss, making him 2-2. Heels closer Caden O’Brien got the win and is now 3-0. Sightler, Andrew Eyster, and David Mendham were the Gamecocks to tally a hit, while Sightler and Clarke each recorded an RBI.
South Carolina is now 19-8 overall, while North Carolina is 15-12. The Cocks will be back in action on Friday, when they open up a series against Missouri. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.