USC got on the board first in the second inning. LB Dantzler and Max Schrock knocked back-to-back singles to start things off, and they advanced on a sac groundout from Connor Bright. With two outs, Grayson Greiner came through with a base hit to bring in Schrock and Tanner English singled to get Brison Celek across the dish and make it 2-0 Cocks.
The fourth inning saw Carolina add a couple more runs. Bright reached base on a throwing error, then made it to second. Next up was Celek, who went yard for the first time in his career and put the visitors up 4-0.
Two more runs came in for the Yardcocks in the fifth. Chase Vergason belted a one-out triple, then came home on a sac fly from Joey Pankake. Dantzler followed that with a double, then crossed the plate thanks to a RBI single from Schrock. UT got their first run in the bottom of the inning, when Ethan Bennett homered to make the score 6-1.
South Carolina tacked on two more runs in the next inning, though. Celek singled to lead off, then Greiner hit a home run of his own to increase the lead to 8-1 in favor of the visitors.
The Volunteers got their only other run in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Parker Wormsley reached first on a throwing error and then made it to second. With two outs, Taylor Smart knocked a single to left that brought Wormsley across the dish.
They already had a six-run lead, but the Gamecocks padded that cushion some more in the eighth inning. Greiner started things off with a single, English walked, and Graham Saiko, who laid down what looked to be a sac bunt, reached first base and then second on a throwing error. That error also was enough to get Greiner and English around the bases and bump USC’s lead up to 10-2. Vergason and Schrock then tallied back-to-back RBI singles to increase the Cocks’ lead to 12-2.