COLUMBIA – Home runs from Colin Burgess and Josiah Sightler combined with solid pitching helped the University of South Carolina baseball team to a 4-2 win over North Florida Tuesday night (April 12) at Founders Park. Head Coach Mark Kingston picked up his 400th career win in Tuesday’s victory.
With the game tied at two in the bottom of the sixth, Burgess hit his third home run of the season, a shot into the visitor’s bullpen. Sightler’s came one inning later to the home bullpen. It was his fifth of the year. In the top of the seventh, Sightler started a big 3-6 double play to thwart an Osprey rally.
Six Gamecock pitchers combined to allow just four hits on the night. Eli Jones struck out three in 2.2 innings pitched. Cam Tringali struck out a batter in an inning of work and earned the win while Matthew Becker earned his second save, striking out three in two innings of work.
Sightler was a perfect 3-for-3 while Talmadge LeCroy had two hits in the win.
- Carolina carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Jones, Parker Coyne and Michael Esposito each did not allow a hit in the game.
- Sightler is hitting .375 with seven runs scored, two doubles and a home run in the last five games.
- Kingston now has 400 wins between Illinois State, USF and South Carolina.
Carolina opens a three-game SEC series with Ole Miss on Thursday night (April 14) at 7 p.m.