CLEMSON, S.C. -- Weston Wilson homered twice and Chris Okey added a three-run homer as well as Clemson defeated fifth ranked South Carolina 11-4 in game one of a three-game series on Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Gamecocks are now 6-2 on the year as the team's six-game winning streak is snapped with Clemson now 6-2 on the year also.
Connor Bright homered and drove in a career-high four runs in the loss for the Gamecocks. Elliott Caldwell and Gene Cone had a pair of hits as well. Tyler Krieger led Clemson with three hits with Wilson, Okey and Chase Pinder with two apiece.
Clemson broke ahead 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Tyler Slaton reached on catcher's interference and scored on Krieger's one-out RBI infield single. Consecutive singles by Steven Duggar and Okey increased the lead to two runs with Pinder driving both in with a two-out triple down the right field line.
The Tigers increased the lead to 8-0 in the third inning on the back of a pair of homers. Okey hit a three-run homer that just cleared the fence in left-center, followed by a solo shot off the bat of Wilson.
South Carolina cut the deficit to 8-3 in the top of the fourth inning as singles by Max Schrock and Kyle Martin set the stage for Connor Bright, who launched a three-run homer to left-center for his second homer of the season.
Bright factored in the fourth run of the game as the Gamecocks loaded the bases in the fifth inning with singles from Gene Cone and Elliott Caldwell as well as a walk to Schrock. With one out, Bright knocked a grounder down the third base line that Tiger third baseman Weston Wilson mishandled and Cone scored to cut the deficit to four runs. With the bases loaded, Matthew Crownover worked out of the jam though as he fanned Alex Destino and DC Arendas on a pair of strikeouts.
Carolina looked to continue the rally in the top of the sixth inning. Cone reached base with two outs on a hit by pitch, Caldwell singled and Schrock walked to load the bases. The Gamecocks would then fall victim of a bad break as a Martin single into the hole at second base bounced and nicked Schrock on base for the third out of the inning and ending the threat. Wilson added a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to complete the scoring for the Tigers.
South Carolina starter Wil Crowe suffered the loss and is now 1-1 on the year. He worked six-plus innings and allowed nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Crownover earned the win and is 2-0 on the year. He allowed four runs on six hits in five innings with four walks and seven strikeouts.