COLUMBIA, SC - 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.
-per USC Athletics