Burgess drives in four as #Gamecocks pummel no. 14 Georgia, 13-7 (AUDIO)

Will Sanders got more than enough run support to pick up his fifth win, Saturday (University of South Carolina Athletics)

South Carolina evened up its series with no. 14 Georgia in style with a 13-7 victory at Founders Park, Saturday. If a walk is a jab and a single is a glancing blow, Colin Burgess’ three-run homer served as an uppercut to Georgia’s jaw.

The Gamecocks built an early five-run lead on the strength of productive outs, plate discipline and a loss of command on the part of Bulldogs pitching. Through four innings, starter Garrett Brown and reliever Luke Wagner combined for five walks, a hit batsmen and two run-scoring wild pitches. Georgia climbed back into the game on Cole Tate’s two-run homer in the top of the fifth, but USC jumped all over Wagner again in the bottom half to extend the lead. Braylen Wimmer opened the frame with a single back up the middle and Andrew Eyster battled his way on with an eight-pitch walk. After Kevin Madden and Josiah Sightler were retired, Wagner tried to sneak a breaking ball past Burgess on a 2-1 count. Unfortunately for the southpaw, the ball stayed up at the letters and the sophomore catcher lofted it to the opposite field for a three-run homer. Burgess finished with four RBI.

The Dawgs (23-8, 7-4) threatened again in the eighth thanks to another two-run homer, but the Gamecocks (15-15, 4-7) put up a five-spot in the bottom half, highlighted by Eyster’s two-run double, to put the game out of reach. The Gamecocks drew a season-high 11 walks, Will Sanders (5-1) picked up the victory and Brandt Belk extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a third-inning single.

South Carolina and Georgia conclude their three-game series at noon, Sunday.

Box Score

Mark Kingston postgame press conference

Colin Burgess and Will Sanders postgame press conference

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