Kingston looks ahead to next SEC series vs. Missouri
A change of scenery, and a Big South opponent, brought South Carolina a change of luck Tuesday.
The Gamecocks beat Charleston Southern 10-3 in SRP Park, home of the Augusta GreenJackets, a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. It was the first time South Carolina has played in the stadium.
“This was a great night, great town, great stadium,” Gamecocks head coach Mark Kingston said. “We know there are Gamecock fans all over the state, and we appreciate them and we want to try to get to a place where they can see us play live. I think it was a good night for us for a lot of reasons. It’s definitely something we’ll be interested in continuing.”
The Gamecocks improved to 24-17 and take on Missouri on the road Friday to start a three-game series.
Noah Campbell led South Carolina’s offensive outburst, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
“That was as good as he looked in a while,” Kingston said. “He’s fought things and he’s made adjustments to try to get to a consistent place. Tonight was one of the better nights he’s had in a long time.”
Campbell led off the game with a home run as South Carolina got all 10 of its runs in the first three innings.
“I felt really good,” Campbell said. “We had a goal tonight to put up a lot of runs on a lot of hits so it was good to get it going early. I feel like tonight was a good turning point for me.”
Brady Allen had his first two triples of the season. Freshman Josiah Sightler of Swansea made the third start of his career and got his first hit, a triple that banged off the top of the left field wall. Sightler finished the night 1-for-4 but had another hard hit ball in the seventh.
Starting pitcher Daniel Lloyd, who struck out seven and allowed one earned run in 3 2/3 innings, got the win to improve to 3-3 on the season.
“I thought he was good, but still I want to see somebody like that go five or six,” Kingston said. “To come out when he did is still not where he needs to be. He’s making progress but I want to see somebody go out there and give us five or six really good innings.”