After a rough weekend series, South Carolina got back in the win column with a come-from-behind midweek victory over North Florida.
The Ospreys wasted no time getting on the board, scoring in the top of the first inning on a Cade Westbrook sac fly and when Aidan Sweatt hit into a fielder’s choice, giving them a 2-0 lead. The Gamecocks answered in the bottom of the inning, though. Braylen Wimmer started things off with a solo shot to make it 2-1, then Brady Allen walked with one out and Wes Clarke went yard, putting USC on top 3-2.
The Cocks added two more runs in the next inning to take a 5-2 lead. George Callil walked to lead off, Noah Myers singled, and with one out, both came home on a base hit from Colin Burgess. UNF regained the lead in the fourth, thanks to singles from Ricky Presno, Isaiah Byars, and Alex Kachler that put them up 6-5. That score held until the seventh, when Carolina did just enough to take back the lead. With one out, Clarke and Eyster both singled, then with two outs, catcher’s interference got Connor Cino to first, loading the bases. George Callil then came through with a base hit that brought Clarke and Eyster both home. Eyster also made a terrific catch in the ninth to help keep UNF from threatening.
Gamecocks starter Jack Mahoney struggled in this game, working just 0.2 innings and giving up three hits and two runs, walking one batter, and not striking any out. John Gilreath, Daniel Lloyd, Magdiel Cotto, and Julian Bosnic combined to go the rest of the way for South Carolina. Cotto got the win, making him 1-0, while Bosnic earned the save, his second. Ospreys reliever Ryan Jean took the loss and drops to 2-1. Clarke led South Carolina at the plate with three hits, while Burgess, Clarke, and Callil each tallied two RBI.
USC improves to 27-15 overall, while North Florida is 16-19. The Cocks will be back in action on Friday, when they open up a series against Mississippi State. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.