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Home run parade, strong pitching push Gamecocks to series-tying win over Florida

South Carolina’s Cam Tringali pitches Sunday against Auburn at Founders Park. Dwayne McLemore

An uncharacteristically rough outing for its pitcher and lackluster hitting with runners in scoring position sunk South Carolina in its series opener against Florida on Thursday.

A career-best outing from its pitcher and a much-needed power surge helped USC even the series Friday, as the Gamecocks slugged their way past UF, 6-3.

All told, Carolina (21-14, 4-10 SEC) connected for four home runs on the evening, its most in conference play this year. Sophomore catcher Luke Berryhill had a two-run blast in the third, preceded by a solo shot from junior shortstop George Callil and followed by two more solo blasts from junior third baseman Quinntin Perez and senior first baseman Chris Cullen in the fourth.