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South Carolina baseball opens the season with a 12-1 win over Dayton

Thomas Farr's pitching helps set the tone for South Carolina in the first game of 2021.
Credit: Jeff Blake Photo
South Carolina Gamecocks Thomas Farr (34) receives congratulations from his teammates after a perfect first inning. South Carolina vs. Dayton Baseball, Feb. 19, 2021, Founders Park, Columbia, SC. Photo by Jeff Blake

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's first baseball game in nearly a year featured masks and social distancing throughout the park.

But through all the changes and protocols, the fans who were there saw the Gamecocks make a statement with a 12-1 win over Dayton.

Wes Clarke delivered a 3-run homer in the first followed by Andrew Eyster's grand slam in the third and that put the Gamecocks up 7-0.

South Carolina's starting pitcher Thomas Farr allowed five hits and a run in six innings while walking a pair and striking out eight as he went on to pick up his fourth career win at Carolina.

Game two is set for Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.