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COLUMBIA -- South Carolina hadn't won a series against Clemson since 2014. That's four straight years spanning 12 games, three of which came under head coach Mark Kingston.

Coming into Sunday's rubber match, the Gamecocks wanted to put the series away early.

CLEMSON BASEBALL: Tigers pounded in series finale

They used a fast start to the game and dominant starting pitching to down Clemson 14-3 Sunday and take the series.

After Clemson took the lead in the first, the Gamecocks responded with a five spot in the bottom of the inning, chasing starter Justin Wrobleski after just one third of an inning.

The first three hitters reached base, including T.J. Hopkins' two-RBI double, before Luke Berryhill crushed a three-run homer to left field as the Gamecocks scored five in the inning and batted around.

In the fourth it was much of the same with Hopkins belting a two-run shot, his second of the day, after a Brady Allen RBI single before Luke Berryhill crushed his second homer of the day as well, a three-run bomb to left field.

Tigers pound Gamecocks

Hopkins finished the weekend with four home runs and 10 RBIs and holds the team lead for home runs with six on the year. Berryhill and Jacob Olson are nipping at his heels with four homers each.

USC got three more in the sixth to cap the scoring. Of the nine starters Sunday, seven had at least one hit. Six of those had multihit days with Hopkins finishing 4-for-5 with four RBI and a triple away from the cycle.

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Berryhill picked up five RBIs Sunday and now he and Hopkins are tied for the team lead with 16 runs driven in this year. Six different players drove in at least one run and three players had at least one extra base it.

The Gamecocks had a season-high 16 hits Sunday, six for extra bases.

Then, once they got up, it was Reid Morgan's turn to dominate.

After eight strong innings last weekend, the junior righty turned in another quality start Sunday.

He scattered eight hits over his outing and allowed just three runs, two earned. Morgan (2-0) struck out five and left with two outs in the sixth to a standing ovation. Of his 100 pitches thrown, 69 were strikes.

He still hasn't walked a batter in 20.2 innings this year and has a 1.74 ERA through three starts.

Player of the game: Berryhill finished 3-for-4 Sunday and had three extra-base hits. He had a game-high five RBIs.

Key moment: After Clemson scored two runs in the sixth inning, the Gamecocks loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and got three runs out of it to nip any chance of a comeback in the bud.

Up next: The Gamecocks take on The Citadel at 4 p.m. Tuesday on the SEC Network Plus. No starter has been named yet.

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