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Gamecocks hit five home runs in series-clinching win

The University of South Carolina baseball team belted five home runs on Saturday, defeating Dayton 12-5.
Credit: Gamecock Athletics

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina baseball team belted five home runs on the day and the pitching staff combined to allow just three hits as the Gamecocks clinched the season-opening series with a 12-5 win over Dayton Saturday afternoon (Feb. 20) at Founders Park.

Wes Clarke had two of the five home runs, going 3-for-4 with five RBI. Braylen Wimmer, Colin Burgess and Brady Allen each had a home run. Wimmer's was a two-run shot in the second while Burgess and Allen had solo blasts.

Brannon Jordan started the game on the mound for Carolina. He went four-plus innings, allowing two hits and three earned runs with four walks and four strikeouts. Andrew Peters picked up the win in relief, pitching two hitless innings with three strikeouts.

Carolina and Dayton wrap up opening weekend on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 21) with a noon first pitch at Founders Park.