Feb. 21, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Alex Destino and Jacob Olson each homered and fourth ranked South Carolina scored five runs in the first five innings on the way to a 5-4 victory over Charlotte on Tuesday night at Founders Park. The Gamecocks improve to 3-1 with Charlotte dropping to 2-2 on the season.
Senior right-hander Colie Bowers earned the win in relief and is 1-0 on the year. He threw two scoreless innings with no walks and one strikeout. Junior right-hander Tyler Johnson closed out the contest in 1.1 innings and struck out a pair to earn his first save of the season.
Despite not recording a hit, South Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after TJ Hopkins stole third base and made it home on a wild pitch. Charlotte answered in the top of the second when T.J. Nichting led off with a single to right field, advanced on a throwing error and went on to score to tie the game at 1-1.
The Gamecocks took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second when Jacob Olson launched his first home run for the Garnet and Black.
The 49ers went ahead 3-2 after Brett Netzer led off in the top of the third with a double to right center and Nichting knocked him in with a double to left field followed by a groundout by Drew Ober to score Jackson Mims.
The Gamecocks regained the lead in the fifth inning with three runs to go ahead 5-3. Justin Row tied the game at 3-3 for Carolina in the bottom of the fifth with a double to left field to score Carlos Cortes, who got on base with a double to center. Alex Destino followed with a two-run homer to right field to give the Gamecocks a two-run advantage.
Charlotte put a run on the board with three singles by Zack Smith, Reece Hampton and Netzer in the top of the ninth, but with runners on the corners and one out, Johnson reared back and struck out Jackson Mims and coaxed a fielder’s choice off the bat of T.J. Nichting to preserve the Carolina victory.
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