South Carolina had another lackluster day at the plate, falling to Clemson 10-2 and losing a series for the first time this season.
The Gamecocks took an early lead, going up 1-0 in the first inning thanks to a Tigers error. That score lasted until the fourth, when Clemson tied things up and took the lead. A wild pitch brought in their first run, then Chad Fairey made it 3-1 with a single and Benjamin Blackwell bumped the score to 4-1 with a base hit of his own.
The Tigers added another run in the next inning, making it a 5-1 game thanks to another error. USC scored their only other run of the game in the sixth, when Andrew Eyster walked and later came home on a single from Kevin Madden, making the score 5-2. Clemson got that run back in the bottom of the inning, though, going up 6-2 courtesy of a wild pitch.
The game was broken wide open in the seventh, when the Tigers added three more insurance runs. Two came on back-to-back bases loaded walks, and the third came on a Dylan Brewer sac fly, giving Clemson an 9-2 lead. The Tigers hit double digits in the eighth on a base hit by Max Wagner.
Cocks starter Noah Hall worked 3.1 innings and allowed three hits and three runs. He walked two batters and struck three out. Hall took the loss and is now 0-1. Cade Austin, Michael Esposito, Parker Coyne, and Cam Tringali also pitched in this game. Clemson starter Nick Hoffmann pitched five innings, giving up five hits and one run. He didn’t walk any batters, struck out one, and got the win, making him 2-0. Michael Braswell led Carolina at the plate with two hits, while Madden tallied one RBI. Cooper Ingle, Bryar Hawkins, and Wagner had two hits apiece to lead the Tigers at the plate, while Fairey and Blackwell each recorded two RBI.
South Carolina is now 7-3 on the season, while Clemson is 10-0. The Gamecocks will try to avoid being swept on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.