South Carolina got behind early on Tuesday night against Appalachian State, but the Gamecocks rallied for a come-from-behind 9-6 win on the road in Charlotte.
The Mountaineers took a 4-0 lead in the first inning on a grand slam by Hunter Bryson. They added another run on a sac fly by Hayden Cross in the third, making it 5-0 before USC ended the shutout in the next inning. With one out, Braylen Wimmer singled, then came home on a double by Andrew Eyster to make it a 5-1 game. They had a chance to make it closer, but instead left the bases loaded. App State got the run back in the bottom of the inning, bumping the score to 6-1 courtesy of a Dylan Rogers single.
The Cocks had a better go of it in the fifth inning, scoring five runs to tie the game. Colin Burgess got hit by a pitch to start things off, Carson Hornung walked, and Michael Braswell knocked a base hit to load the bases with no outs. Wimmer then singled and Eyster doubled to bring home four runs total, making it 6-5. Eyster later scored the game-tying run on a wild pitch with two outs.
Carolina finally took the lead in the seventh inning. Braswell walked to lead things off and later scored on another wild pitch, putting the Gamecocks up 7-6, and Kevin Madden, who reached on a fielder’s choice, came home on a two-out base hit from Vytas Valincius, making it an 8-6 game. USC’s final run of the game came in the next inning. Hornung singled with two outs, Braswell walked, and Wimmer got hit by a pitch to load the bases before Eyster walked to force in a run.
Carolina starter CJ Weins worked three innings and gave up two hits and five runs. He also walked three batters and struck five out. John Gilreath, Aidan Hunter, Parker Coyne, and Braswell also took the mound in this game, and Gilreath earned the win, making him 2-0, while Braswell got the save, his second. Mountaineers reliever Eli Ellington took the loss and is now 0-1. Wimmer and Eyster each had two hits to lead the Cocks at the plate, and Eyster also recorded four RBI. Jacob Whitley led App State at the plate with three hits, while Bryson tallied four RBI.
USC improves to 7-1 on the season, while the Mountaineers are now 3-5. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Friday, when they open the series against Clemson. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.