From staff reports/File photo by Allen Sharpe
Carolina, 14-3, 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 Tyler Corbitt. The Bulldogs scored a run in the seventh but Carolina answered in the eighth on Berryhill's bases-loaded walk that scored George Callil.
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. John Gilreath and Cam Tringali both struggled for the Gamecocks, allowing four earned runs each in just 1.2 innings.
Carolina pitchers struck out 10 batters but gave up 15 hits to The Citadel.
South Carolina opens SEC play Friday with a 7 p.m. first pitch against Georgia at Founders Park. The game will be streamed on SEC Network +.