COLUMBIA – Senior outfielder Elliott Caldwell went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a three-run triple and freshman right-hander Clarke Schmidt worked 4.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn his first career win as fifth ranked South Carolina defeated Furman, 5-2, Tuesday at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks improved to 3-1 while Furman feel to 1-3.
Trailing 2-0, the Gamecocks broke ahead with four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Logan Koch and Jordan Gore each singled to open the frame and Gene Cone was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. That set the stage for Caldwell, who launched a 1-2 pitch into the gap in right-center for a triple clearing the bases. Kyle Martin would add a RBI single to give the Gamecocks a two-run cushion.
South Carolina added a run in the fifth on a sac fly by Max Schrock.
“We certainly did enough to win the game today, even though it wasn’t good enough offensively,” said South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook. “I don’t think we were good enough throughout the course of the game. Luckily, Elliott Caldwell was in the lineup, and he carried us offensively, especially with that big hit with the bases loaded.