Arkansas vs. No. 1 South Carolina, game 3 recap: Gamecocks blanked by Razorbacks 7-0

Harry How

South Carolina's offense was absent tonight in Fayetteville. Arkansas' wasn't.

Someone needs to put out an APB, because South Carolina's offense is MIA.

The Gamecocks fell behind early on in this game, as Arkansas blew things open in the second inning. Two early walks were a problem, then came a two-out single from Jake Wise to load the bases. Andrew Benintendi got walked to force home the first run, then a combination of errors and base hits from Joe Serrano and Brian Anderson made it 5-0 by the time all was said and done.

The Hogs tacked on one run each in the fifth and sixth innings, bumping their lead up to 7-0. Baserunners were few and far between for Carolina, so the Gamecocks never really even posed a threat to the Hogs tonight.

There were few highlights on the USC side tonight, though Marcus Mooney did play some particularly nice defense in the fourth inning.

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Starter Wil Crowe had his first rough outing as a Gamecock. He didn't make it out of the second inning, and allowed five hits, five runs, walked three batters, and struck out one. He took the loss and falls to 6-1. Vince Fiori, Reed Scott, Josh Reagan, and Matthew Vogel combined to go the rest of the the way for Carolina.

Razorbacks starter Chris Oliver worked eight innings and gave up four hits, no runs, issued two walks, and tallied 10 K's. He earned the win and is now 3-3.

Connor Bright, Elliott Caldwell, Joey Pankake, Marcus Mooney, and Brison Celek each recorded a hit tonight. Anderson led the Hogs with three hits.

This is the second series loss of the season for South Carolina. The Gamecocks drop to 26-5 (7-5 in the SEC), while Arkansas improves to 20-12 (6-6 in conference play). USC will be back in action on Tuesday, when they face off against Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

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