COLUMBIA — South Carolina raced out to a four-run lead in the first three innings on the way to a 5-3 victory over Wofford on Wednesday night at Carolina Stadium
The Gamecocks improved to 28-21 on the year, while the loss dropped the Terriers to 33-17.
Freshman right-hander Brandon Murray (5-0) earned the win in relief, allowing one run on two hits in three innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Reed Scott pitched 1.1 perfect innings of relief with a pair of saves for his first career save. Wofford starter Jordan Accetta (1-3) allowed five runs, three earned, on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
South Carolina broke ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Gene Cone led off with a single, stole second base and scored on Kyle Martin’s RBI base hit to right field. After a double from Elliott Caldwell gave the Gamecocks runners on second and third base, designated hitter Alex Destino drove in the second run with a RBI single to left field.
The Gamecocks would catch a break to score the third run. After a short flyout to right field, Wofford right fielder James Plaisted looked to keep a run off the board and threw home. As Caldwell went back toward third base, the throw from Plaisted went high and past catcher Cody Miller to the backstop, allowing Caldwell to score giving the Gamecocks a three-run lead.
Wofford would get on the scoreboard in the top of the second as Conor Clancey opened the frame with a solo homer to left-center, his team-leading ninth of the year for the Terriers, to cut the Gamecock lead to a pair of runs.
South Carolina increased the lead to 5-1 in the third inning. DC Arendas drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a fielding error by Wofford first baseman Conor Clancey that also put Martin on base. A RBI groundout by Caldwell scored Arendas and an infield single from Destino drove in Martin.
The Terriers would answer with a run in the fourth inning to cut Carolina’s lead to three runs. Wofford would add one more in the seventh.