The Gamecocks took an early lead in the first game of the series against the Tigers, going up 1-0 in the first inning. With one out, Max Schrock doubled, then came home on an RBI single from Kyle Martin.
Missouri took the lead in the next inning. Josh Lester led off with a single, Brett Bond walked, and Logan Pearson knocked a base hit to load the bases with no outs. Trey Harris came through with a two-run single for the Tigers, putting them on top.
South Carolina tied things up in the fifth inning, when Jordan Gore belted a one-out triple, and DC Arendas followed with an RBI single.
Mizzou regained the lead in the eighth inning, though. Lester walked to start things off, Bond doubled, and with two outs, Zach Lavy knocked an RBI single to make it 3-2.
Neither team was all that impressive on offense in this game. This has been an ongoing issue for the Gamecocks, whose bats seem to have gone cold again after they finally heated up against Kentucky last weekend.
Both pitchers, on the other hand, did very well. South Carolina starter Wil Crowe pitched the entire game, but he took the loss and drops to 3-2 on the season. Tigers starter Reggie McClain worked into the eighth inning and earned the win.
In potentially worrisome news, Alex Destino had to leave the game in the seventh after the ball hit him on the ankle. Hopefully he'll be okay to return for Saturday's game.
South Carolina falls to 17-5 overall and 3-1 in the SEC, while Missouri is now 17-5 overall and 4-0 in conference play. The teams will meet again Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 3:35 p.m. Jack Wynkoop will be the Gamecocks' starting pitcher.