Sophomore Cody Morris struck out seven in seven innings of work and the 25th-ranked University of South Carolina baseball team scored eight runs in the first three innings in a 10-1 rout of Texas A&M to close out the regular-season Saturday afternoon (May 19) at Blue Bell Park. South Carolina ends the regular season with a 32-22 overall record and a 17-13 record in SEC play.
The Gamecocks jumped out early on Aggie starter Stephen Kolek, scoring four runs in the first. Noah Campbell led off the game with a solo home run to right. After a walk to Carlos Cortes, Madison Stokesbelted his 10th home run of the year, a two-run blast to the gap in left. Kolek retired the next two Gamecocks but LT Tolbert doubled, Hunter Taylor walked and Jacob Olson singled in a run, his 31st RBI of the year.
The Aggies got one back in the first. Michael Helman singled, went to second after a Cody Morris throwing error allowed Logan Foster to reach. He moved to third on a flyout and scored after a Chris Andritsos sacrifice fly.
South Carolina put up another four-spot in the third inning. Tolbert led off the frame with a single. He went to third on Olson’s double. Carolina loaded the bases as Matt Williams was hit by a pitch. Tolbert trotted home on a hit by pitch to Campbell. Cortes then brought in a pair of runs with a double to left field. Stokes made it 8-1 as his sacrifice fly to center scored Campbell.
In the seventh, TJ Hopkins singled to left, driving in Olson. Williams then came home as the ball got past left fielder Logan Foster, making it 10-1 Gamecocks.
Morris did not walk a batter in his seven innings, allowing an unearned run on five hits. Sawyer Bridgespitched the final two frames, striking out three. Kolek took the loss, allowing six runs in 2.1 innings. Stokes and Olson had three hits apiece. Stokes also drove in three runs.
-per USC Athletics