COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A pair of two-run homers off the bats of Alex Destino and Elliot Caldwell lifted seventh-ranked South Carolina to a 4-3 victory over Kentucky on Saturday at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 16-3 and 2-0 in league play while the loss drops the Wildcats to 13-5 and 0-2 in the SEC.
After Caldwell led of the second inning with a single to right center, Destino crushed a 2-0 pitch from Wildcat starter Dustin Beggs over the right field wall to give the Gamecocks a 2-0 lead.
Kentucky cut South Carolina's lead in half plating a run in the top of the fourth. Ka'ai Tom opened the frame with a double down the left field line, advanced to third on JaVon Shelby's single and scored on a double from Marcus Carson.
Caldwell extended the lead for the Gamecocks in the seventh, giving Carolina a 4-1 advantage, with a two-run blast over the left field wall in the bottom of the sixth.
The Wildcats cut the Gamecock lead to 4-3 as they pushed across two runs in the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Storm Wilson and a RBI single off the bat of Thomas Bernal.
Junior left-hander Jack Wynkoop allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out five batters in 7.1 innings of work. He improves to 4-1 on the season. Sophomore right-hander Taylor Widener earned his sixth save of year after pitching 1.2 innings to close out the game. He allowed one run on two hits and struck out two batters.
Jack Wynkoop limited the Wildcats to just one run in the top of the fourth after they loaded the bases with no outs.
South Carolina and Kentucky will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at Carolina Stadium with first pitch set for 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network + and can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game."