And then there were five...losses in a row.
Things got off to a rough start for USC in the first inning of today's doubleheader, as Auburn took a 4-0 lead thanks to an RBI groundout and a three-run homer. The Tigers did not score again in the game.
The Gamecocks ended the shutout in the third. Connor Bright led off with a single, Tanner English knocked a one-out base hit, and Elliott Caldwell contributed an RBI sac fly that made it 4-1.
Carolina chipped away at the lead with another run in sixth. English started things off with a double, then Caldwell came through again with an RBI single to make it 4-2.
Despite the lack of offense, the Gamecocks were never really out of the game. In the ninth inning, South Carolina had two runners on base with one, then two outs, but couldn't cash in (which has become a troublesome theme as of late).
Jordan Montgomery was a little off early on, but he settled down nicely as the game went on. He pitched the entire game and gave up only four hits, four runs, walked three batters, and struck out four. He took the loss and drops to 5-3. Auburn starter Dillon Ortman also tossed a complete game. He allowed seven hits, two runs, issued no walks, and tallied two K's. He go the win and is now 7-2.
DC Arendas and English each had two hits to lead the Gamecocks, while Jordan Ebert also had two to pace the Tigers.
South Carolina falls to 28-10 (8-8 in the SEC) and Auburn improves to 22-17 (7-9 in conference play). The second game of today's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.