Gamecocks Even Florida Series
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The University of South Carolina baseball team’s offense erupted for a season high 16 hits and sophomore Cody Morris struck out a career high 10 batters as the Gamecocks evened the series with No. 2 Florida with a 15-7 win on Saturday afternoon (March 17) at Founders Park.
Five Gamecocks had multi-hit days, led by Jonah Bride and Jacob Olson with three hits apiece. Bride joined Hunter Taylor with three RBI and nine different Gamecocks had hits on the day.
Morris pitched 5.1 innings and struck out the career high 10 Gators while walking just one. He allowed four hits and two earned runs to move to 4-1 on the year.
The excitement started for the Gamecocks in their very first at-bat. Noah Campbell hit a fly ball to right that kept carrying and went off the wall. He sped around the bases and was originally ruled out at the plate, but replay changed the call and it was South Carolina’s first inside-the-park home run since 2009. Two batters later, Madison Stokes belted a two-run home run to give Carolina a 3-0 lead.
Stokes scored on a balk in the third to make it 4-0 Gamecocks. Florida came back with a run in the fourth and one in the sixth. South Carolina then erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth, which included a ground-rule double from Bride that scored two and a two-run single from Matt Williams.
Florida kept it interesting, scoring three runs in the seventh, which included Will Dalton’s second home run of the day, and adding a run in the eighth, but the Gamecocks put things out of reach with six runs in the eighth. Taylor belted a three-run home run, and Olson followed with a solo blast. LT Tolbert and Bride also had RBI’s in the inning.