Though they didn't reach double digits in runs for the first time in four games, South Carolina still had enough offense to beat the visiting Razorbacks and win their first SEC series of the year on Saturday.
The Gamecocks were on the board early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Gene Cone started things off with a single, LT Tolbert followed with a walk, and with one out, Alex Destino knocked a base hit to load the bases. Dom Thompson-Williams coaxed the second walk of the inning to bring one run, then Jonah Bride came through with an RBI groundout to get in another.
Arkansas tied the game in the next inning, though, on a two-out RBI single from Michael Bernal and an error on Cone.
Both teams were quiet in the third and fourth innings, but South Carolina regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth. After Tolbert got hit in the head with one out - which made him bleed and required a delay so he could get the bleeding taken care of - John Jones, who you may have heard is good at baseball, belted a two-run homer to make it 4-2 in favor of the home team.
The Gamecocks tacked on their final two runs in the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Clark Scolamiero got things started with a base hit, DTW followed with a single, and Chris Cullen walked with one out to load the bases. With two outs, Marcus Mooney knocked a two-run single to bring Scolamiero and DTW home.
Starter Braden Webb had an excellent performance in his first SEC start, working 6.1 innings, which was a career-long. He allowed just three hits, two runs (one unearned), walked four batters, and struck out seven. Webb also got the win and is now 4-1 on the season. Tyler Johnson also took the mound for South Carolina today and did a nice job as well.
With the win, the Gamecocks improve to 19-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while Arkansas drops to 15-5 overall and 0-2 in SEC play. The teams will meet again tomorrow as South Carolina looks to sweep the series. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m. at Founders' Park.