Gamecock baseball wins big over Winthrop

The University of South Carolina baseball team’s offense exploded for a season-high 15 runs and six Gamecock pitchers held Winthrop in check in a 15-2 win over the Eagles Wednesday afternoon at Founders Park. South Carolina has now won four straight games.

Freshman Logan Chapman, making his first start on the mound in a Gamecock uniform, got out of trouble in the second as he stranded two base runners with a ground out and a pop out to short. South Carolina responded with two runs in the bottom of the second.

South Carolina exploded for six runs in the third, highlighted by senior Hunter Taylor’s first career grand slam. Tolbert drove in a pair of runs two batters earlier and the Gamecocks took an 8-0 lead heading to the fourth. Chapman picks up the win in a pre-determined pitch count start. He went three-plus innings, allowing three hits and an earned run with four strikeouts.

The Gamecocks continue their 10-game homestand this weekend, hosting Charleston Southern. The series begins on Friday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. at Founders park.