The South Carolina offense lit up Georgia pitching, belting four home runs, en route to a 13-7 victory at Athens, Ga., Saturday. Defensive specialist George Callil ignited the Gamecocks attack with a two-run homer in the top of the second. Andrew Eyster followed with a two-run homer of his own to put Carolina up 4-1 in the fourth inning. The Gamecocks would post three more runs in the sixth, highlighted by Josiah Sightler’s solo shot, his third of the season.
But, from that point, things started to get interesting. The Bulldogs got to starter Brannon Jordan and reliever Brett Kerry for five runs in the seventh. The Gamecocks (18-7, 5-3) answered with three runs in the top half of the eighth and Wes Clarke capped the scoring with a ninth-inning home run. Kerry was able to stamp out any further Georgia rally attempts and save the win for Jordan (3-2).
Jordan struck out 11 and Callil reached base four times.
The Gamecocks and Dawgs will settle the series at 1 p.m., Sunday.