South Carolina scored in six different innings Tuesday, including four times in the eighth, to pull away for a 10-2 win over Furman at Fluor Field. The result makes for a split in the season series as the Paladins won in Columbia earlier this season.
Junior third baseman Jake Crawford, who's been a key member of Furman's bullpen in April, got the start Tuesday. He tossed four solid innings, but the Paladins trailed 2-0 going to the bottom of the fourth.
Ben Anderson became Furman's first baserunner of the night when he led off the fourth with a walk. With one out, Brandon Elmy swung down and golfed a single the opposite way for the Paladins' first hit and Anderson came home to cut the lead to 2-1. Jabari Richards hit a run-scoring double off the Green Monster with two outs to tie the game.
The 25th-ranked Gamecocks (24-17) responded with runs in each of the next four innings. After Furman's Trent Alley retired the first two batters in the top of the fifth, USC had a single, stolen base and double to take the lead for good.
Jonah Bride had four hits and Carlos Cortes had four RBIs to lead the Gamecocks. USC's Carmen Mlodzinski (2-4) gave up two runs on three hits in seven innings for the win. He had three walks and seven strikeouts.
Elmy led Furman with two of the Paladins' five hits.
Furman (19-22) returns to action this weekend with a Southern Conference series at rival The Citadel. The three-game series begins Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
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