I was tempted to just use a picture of a broken record for the recap. This also seemed like a good option. Instead, here's a quick rundown of what happened:
- After getting out of a jam in the top of the second inning, South Carolina squandered a scoring chance in the bottom of the inning
- Auburn got on the board in the fifth inning. Blake Logan doubled Bo Decker singled with one out, and Damon Haecker came through with a RBI sac fly to make it 1-0.
- The Tigers added to their lead in the next inning. Anfernee Grier and Daniel Robert singled with one out, then both came home on a RBI double from Kyler Deese, putting Auburn up 3-0.
- Neither team did much of anything offensively after that.
- Gamecocks starter Clarke Schmidt worked into the sixth inning and did a nice job, but got virtually no help from the offense or defense. That's been such a constant issue that I guess it shouldn't really be surprising at this point, but it's disappointing nonetheless.
- Vince Fiori faced one batter, walked him, and was immediately replaced by Reed Scott, who went the rest of the way for South Carolina and had a good performance.
Landon Powell on #Gamecock dugout: "These guys look like they're ready for a nap."— Derek Phillips (@DPhillipsWACH) May 3, 2015
Given that this was pretty much a must-win series, the Gamecocks' chances of postseason play are almost entirely nonexistent. They're pretty much going to have to win every remaining game they have and just hope for the best.
As unimpressive as the second two games of this series were, both Schmidt and Taylor Widener, who pitched yesterday, did a great job of giving their team a chance in the games. It's a shame those opportunities were wasted because the offense was missing in action and the defense was shaky.
South Carolina drops to 27-21 overall and 10-14 in the SEC, while Auburn is now 32-17 overall and 12-12 in conference play. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Wednesday, when they host Wofford. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.