From staff reports/File photo by Allen Sharpe
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 Campbell, who threw a perfect strike to the plate, thwarting Maldonado's inside-the-park home run chance.
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.
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 +.