CHARLESTON – It was a little too close for comfort, but the Gamecocks found a way to win.
Luke Berryhill drove in four runs and Gage Hinson shut the door as the Gamecocks held on to beat The Citadel 10-9 on the road Tuesday.
After jumping out to a 9-1 lead, Gamecock pitchers struggled to maintain the advantage with five bullpen hurlers combining to give up eight runs on 12 hits and 4 walked batters.
South Carolina was outscored 9-3 over the last seven innings, but still found a way to win late.
The Gamecocks pitched out of trouble all night, but it was Gage Hinson who was able to settle things down from the mound with a four-out save.
South Carolina jumped all over starter Jordan Flanders, tagging the righty for two runs in the first inning, before opening things up with a five-run second inning.
They chased Flanders after just 1-and-1-third innings, loading the bases with one out, before Andrew Eyster singled home a run and T.J. Hopkins doubled in two more, before a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch each plated a run.
They got two more runs in the sixth, loading the bases and getting the second sac fly of Berryhill's day, just missing a grand slam, and a wild pitch to bring in another run.
In his first start, Daniel Lloyd went 2-and-one-third innings on a pitch count, giving up one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three batters. In his first career start, Lloyd earned his second win.
The Citadel made it interesting with a four-run sixth off John Gilreath, working the bases loaded before Tyler Corbitt roped a bases-clearing double to left field, and a fielding error after that scored a run.
Berryhill drove in another run in the eighth to push the lead back to four runs and the Gamecocks (14-3) held on to win.
After Gilreath gave up those runs, Cam Tringali gave up three runs in the eighth, before Gage Hinson had to come in and settle things down. He got out of a jam with a flyout to centerfield before pitching a clean ninth inning for the win.
UP NEXT: South Carolina starts SEC play Friday, hosting Georgia in a best-of-three series. No starter has been named yet. First pitch 7 p.m. on the SEC Network Plus.