GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Outside of Reid Morgan, no other Gamecock pitcher has really separated himself in the starting rotation.
That changed Friday night.
The Gamecocks evened their series with Florida thanks to dominant pitching from Cam Tringali as the offense helped power its way to a 6-3 win.
Tringali, in just his second collegiate start, was masterful in his six-plus innings. He'd give up just one run, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out three.
He wouldn't allow a runner past first base in his outing outside of Nelson Maldonado tripling and getting thrown out at home going for an inside the park homer with the Gators going 0-for-3 with runners on base against him.
The only run he allowed was after he left the game. Wesley Sweatt loaded the bases and Jordan Butler hit an infield single off Brett Kerry, the run credited to Tringali since it was an inherited runner. But Kerry worked out of the trouble, getting a pop up to escape the jam.
The redshirt freshman picks up the win and becomes just the third pitcher to have a quality start this year, joining Reid Morgan who has five and TJ Shook with one.
It's just the second quality start a Gamecock pitcher has turned in against an SEC opponent and comes when his team needed it the most.
Although he didn't need it, Tringali (2-0, 2.81 ERA) was given some wiggle room with the Gamecocks (21-14, 4-10 SEC) getting off to a much faster start than Thursday, jumping out to a six-run lead after four innings thanks to four homers.
After Chris Cullen drove in a run on an RBI single in the second, George Callil blasted a solo shot to left before Luke Berryhill hit a two-run bomb over the same fence.
Berryhill is now in sole possession of the team RBI lead with 32 and tied for second on the team with eight homers, four behind Jacob Olson.
Quinntin Perez and Cullen went back-to-back in the third inning to extend the lead. For Perez, it was his first-career home run while Cullen finished the day 2-for-4 and tied Berryhill with a team-best two RBI.
The offense goes back to head coach Mark Kingston's power-happy approach he wanted his team to play with at the beginning of SEC play and it worked Friday night; of the Gamecocks' 10 hits, six went for extra bases.
Florida made things interesting again in the eighth, putting the first two runners on and getting back-to-back two-out RBI hits off Kerry, before he slammed the door.
He'd pitch a scoreless ninth, despite giving up two two-out hits, as the Gamecocks held on to win.
Player of the game: In his second-career start, Cam Tringali picked up his first win as a starter, tossing six innings of one-run baseball and allowing just four hits.
Key moment: With two outs in the sixth inning, Tringali gave up a triple to Nelson Maldonado but a great hustle play from Brady Allen, relay throw from Noah Campbell and tag from Luke Berryhill got him out at the plate and the inning ended as well as any Florida momentum.
Up next: Sunday's rubber match is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on the SEC Network. No official starter has been named yet.