COLLEGE BASEBALL - South Carolina holds on for 10-9 win over The Citadel
The University of South Carolina baseball team jumped out to a 9-1 lead over The Citadel Tuesday night in Charleston.
The Bulldogs battled back to a run before senior Gage Hinson came in for a four-save and preserved a 10-9 win over the Bulldogs for its fourth win in a row.
South Carolina posted seven runs in the first two innings. The Gamecocks put runners on the corners in the first after Andrew Eyster reached on an error and TJ Hopkins singled to right. Luke Berryhill brought in a run with a double to left and Jacob Olson drove in a run on a groundout. Carolina erupted in the second, highlighted by Eyster's RBI single and Hopkins' two-run double.
After The Citadel scored a run in the fourth, it remained 7-1 until the sixth. Berryhill drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to right and Eyster scored on a wild pitch, making it 9-1. The Citadel started its comeback in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs, three on a bases-clearing double to left by Airport High School graduate Tyler Corbitt.
The Bulldogs scored a run in the seventh but South Carolina answered in the eighth on Berryhill's bases-loaded walk that scored George Callil.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Gamecocks got two quick outs but a pair of singles scored a run. Ben Peden made it a 1-run game with a triple to center. After a walk, Hinson came in and induced a flyout to center to end the Bulldog threat. Hinson retired the side in order in the ninth for his first save as a Gamecock.
Callil and Hopkins had two hits apiece while Berryhill drove in four. Eyster and Callil had three runs apiece.
Daniel Lloyd earned the win, pitching the first 2.1 innings in a pitch-count start. He allowed three hits and a run with three strikeouts and a walk. Cole Ganopulos also had three strikeouts in two innings of relief.
South Carolina opens Southeastern Conference play Friday at home against Georgia.