Gamecock baseball takes second game over CSU, Sunday game time changed
A strong offensive performance pushed the University of South Carolina baseball team to a 14-2 win over Charleston Southern Saturday afternoon (Feb. 24) at Founders Park. The Gamecocks have now won six straight games heading into Sunday’s noon series finale.
Charleston Southern got on the board with a solo home run from Mike Sconzo in the first. The Gamecocks responded strongly in the bottom of the second when a bases loaded single from Hunter Taylor that scored LT Tolbert. Noah Campbell followed suit with a go-ahead single of his own that scored Justin Rowand Chris Cullen, giving the Gamecocks a 3-1 lead.
Carolina stretched the lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth off a two-run single by Carlos Cortes and a RBI double from TJ Hopkins.
Jacob Olson blasted one out into the left field bullpen for a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, making the score 8-1. Charleston Southern brought in a run the top of the sixth, but that would be its final run of the game.
The bottom of the sixth was an electrifying one for the Carolina. A two-run blast from Carlos Cortes gave the Gamecocks some insurance. Jonah Bride followed the homer with a triple and was rewarded with a run when Hopkins singled into center field. Row hit a two-out, three-run home run, scoring Hopkins and Cullen pushing the Carolina lead to 14-2.
Cody Morris earned the win for Carolina, striking out three in five-plus innings of work. The Gamecock pitching staff struck out seven on the day, including a pair from freshman Carmen Mlodzinski’s first career outing.
On Friday, Adam Hill had a career performance with 14 strikeouts and no hits with no walks in seven innings of work and the University of South Carolina baseball team hit four home runs en route to a 7-0 win over Charleston Southern Friday night (Feb. 23) at Founders Park. NOTE: Sunday’s game vs. Charleston Southern has been moved to a 12 p.m. start due to the weather forecast in Columbia.
Hill had a career high day with 14 strikeouts, breaking the previous single game Founder’s Park record of 12 and his previous record of 11. Hill pitched one over the minimum as Josh Litchfield reached on an error in the sixth inning.
The Gamecocks offense got going in the bottom of the second with a two-run homer from Jonah Bride, his first of the season. LT Tolbert followed suit, sending one flying over right field in the fourth for his second home run of the season, making the score 3-0.
The home run party continued in the bottom of the sixth with Jacob Olson sending one out past left field for a two-run blat, pushing the lead to 5-0.
Freshman Noah Campbell hit his first home run in a Gamecock uniform in the bottom of the seventh, when he launched one into the right field bullpen increasing the Carolina lead 6-0. Chris Cullen’s RBI single in the eighth made it 7-0 Gamecocks.
Tolbert had three hits to lead the Gamecock offense. Carolina’s pitching staff combined for 16 strikeouts, two off the single-game record of 18.
South Carolina and Charleston Southern end its three-game set on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 25) at noon. The start time was moved up due to the weather forecast in Columbia.