Gamecocks lose at home to USC Upstate

Published: May. 11, 2022 at 1:19 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina baseball team fell to USC Upstate, 9-6, Tuesday night at Founders Park.

The Spartans scored four runs in the top of the second inning on three hits. Carolina came back to score a run in the bottom of the second on a Jalen Vasquez sacrifice fly, then cut it to 4-2 in the fourth on Josiah Sightler’s 12th home run of the year.

USC Upstate plated a run in the sixth, then had a two-run home run from Grant Sherrod in the sixth. Carolina pushed across three runs in the bottom of the sixth as Talmadge LeCroy’s sacrifice fly and Brandt Belk’s 2-run infield pop up that fell made it 7-5. The Spartans added insurance in the top of the eighth with a pair of runs, capped by a Noah Myers double. Carolina ended the scoring in the eighth with a Belk RBI double.

Belk had two of Carolina’s seven hits and three RBI on the day. The loss went to Eli Jones, who allowed four runs and three hits with a pair of strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Aidan Hunter went 5.2 innings, striking out five and allowing five runs. John Gilreath struck out a pair in two innings of relief.


Sightler now has 11 home runs since April 1 with his solo shot in the fourth.

Belk now has hits in 37 of his 44 games played.

Carolina left nine runners on base in the game.


Carolina starts a three-game series with Kentucky Friday night (May 13) at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on SEC Network Plus.