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25th-Ranked South Carolina Downs Furman, 10-2

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GREENVILLE, S.C.. -- Carmen Mlodzinski hurled seven innings of three-hit, two run ball and Carl Cortes belted a three-run home run to help power 25th-ranked South Carolina past Furman, 10-2, in baseball action Tuesday evening at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville.

The win earned South Carolina (24-17) the season split with Furman (19-22), avenging the Paladins' 6-4 victory in Columbia in late February.

Mlodzinski didn't surrender a hit until the fourth when Brandon Elmy singled thru the right side to drive home Ben Anderson.  Two batters later Jabari Richards doubled off the left field wall to to score Landon Kay and tie the game at 2-2.

It didn't last long, however, as LT Tolbert stroked a two-out offering by Paladin reliever Trent Alley into center field, stole second, and came around to score on a Jonah Bride double down the left field line to put the Gamecocks ahead for good, 3-2.

South Carolina scored two more in the sixth, one in the seventh, and blew it open with four-run eighth that featured a three run Cortes blast well over the right field fence.

The Gamecocks pounded Paladin pitching for 17 hits, with Bride leading the way with a 4-for-5, two-double performance.T.J. Hopkins had three hits and scored a pair of runs.

Mlodzinski (2-4), a freshman right-hander from Hilton Head, S.C., walked three and struck out seven.

The loss was charged to Alley (2-3), who took over for Paladin starting pitcher Jake Crawford to begin the fifth.  Alley retired the first two batters he faced before Tolbert's two-out single and stolen base led to the go-ahead run.

Elmy had two of Furman's five hits.

The Paladins return to action on Saturday when they travel to Charleston to face SoCon rival The Citadel in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The two teams conclude the three-game series on Sunday, with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m.

Hunter Reid, Furman  Sports Information