Tringali shines, Gamecocks hit four home runs to even series at Florida

Tringali shines, Gamecocks hit four home runs to even series at Florida

From staff reports/File photo by Allen Sharpe

South Carolina hit four home runs while Cam Tringali allowed just one earned run in six-plus innings as the Gamecocks evened the series at Florida with a 6-3 win Friday night at McKethan Stadium.

The Gamecocks, who dropped Game 1 9-5, plated a run in the top of the second as Jacob Olson led off with a double to left. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Chris Cullen's RBI infield single. Carolina then showed its power in the third. George Callil connected on a solo home run to left. Then after TJ Hopkins singled to right, Luke Berryhill belted a two-run home run to left for a 4-0 lead.

The home run derby continued in the fourth as Quinntin Perez led off the frame with a home run to right, his first in a Gamecock uniform. Cullen then hit a solo shot to left, a lined scorcher that gave Carolina a 6-0 lead.

Carolina kept it at 6-0 with a great defensive play in the sixth. Nelson Maldonado hit a ball to the wall in the left field gap. It went off Hopkins and starting rolling to his left. Brady Allen picked up the ball, got it in to Noah Campbellwho threw a perfect strike to the plate, thwarting Maldonado's inside-the-park home run chance.
 
 
Florida scored a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to tighten the game. Brett Kerry got out of trouble in both innings with pop-outs, but in the ninth, the Gators got two more runners on. Kerry ended the game with a big strikeout of Kendrick Calilao, the tying man at the dish, to end the game.
 
South Carolina improved to 21-14 overall and 4-10 in the SEC. It can win its first SEC series of the season Saturday. 

Tringali allowed just four hits and struck out three while not walking a batter six innings for his second win of the season. Kerry had a pair of strikeouts on his birthday, allowing six hits in 2.1 innings of work.
 
At the plate, Campbell, Berryhill and Cullen had two hits apiece, with the latter two driving in two runs.

Carolina's four home runs upped its season total to 56. Perez became the 10th Gamecock to hit a home run this season, while Berryhill's shot was his eighth of the year. 

The two teams wrap up the series Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. on SEC Network +.