COLUMBIA – Elliott Caldwell had four hits today. It was easy to pick the biggest.
Caldwell had a bases-loaded triple in a four-run third inning that rallied No. 10 University of South Carolina to a 5-2 victory against Furman University at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks, ranked No. 10 in the USA TODAY Sports coaches poll, trailed 2-0 before Caldwell’s triple. The former Wren High player also had two singles and a double. Former Wade Hampton High star Kyle Martin followed with a single up the middle to drive in Caldwell.
South Carolina (3-1) held the Paladins (1-3) from there. Freshman Clarke Schmidt, who entered after Furman had built its lead to 2-0 on a double steal that included Sky Overton’s swipe of home, pitched 42/3 scoreless innings in relief of Matt Vogel to get his first career win. Freshman Brandon Murray finished the game with 12/3 scoreless innings for his first career save.
Overton, who had four stolen bases, also scored Furman’s first run. He walked to lead off the game, stole second and scored on Jordan Simpson’s double.
USC scored its other run in the fifth. Gene Cone and Caldwell both singled and then moved up a base each on a wild pitch. Max Schrock drove in Cone with a sacrifice fly to center.
Billy Greenfield (0-2), who allowed four runs in 21/3 innings for Furman, took the loss.
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