Gene. Cone. Y'all. The Gamecocks pretty much owned the Tigers this weekend, and Cone was a big part of that. In Sunday's game, he set a new school record by achieving a 27-game hitting streak and he also drove in several runs. It was #fun and #good.
South Carolina was on the board early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Cone led off with a triple, then came home on a TJ Hopkins RBI single. With one out, Hopkins scored on an RBI base hit from Alex Destino. The Gamecocks tacked on another run in the third, after Cone doubled and Hopkins brought him home again with another RBI single, making it 3-0.
Two more South Carolina runs came in the fourth inning. With two outs, Madison Stokes and LT Tolbert knocked back-to-back base hits, Marcus Mooney walked to load the bases, and Cone made it 5-0 with a two-run single. The Gamecocks added another run in the sixth inning. Mooney singled with one out, then Cone, of course, brought him in with an RBI double to make the score 6-0.
The Tigers scored their only two runs of the day in the top of the eighth inning on a two-out RBI double from Zach Lavy and a two-out RBI single by Trey Harris. South Carolina's final runS of the game came in the bottom of the inning. Mooney walked with one out, Cone singled, and Hopkins, John Jones, and Destino hit three RBI singles in a row.
Starter Adam Hill had a strong outing, working 6.2 innings of shutout ball. He allowed just four hits, walked one batter, and struck out eight. He earned the win and is now 6-0 on the season. Brandon Murray, Taylor Widener, and Tyler Johnson also pitched in this game.
With the win, South Carolina improves to 33-8 overall and 14-4 in the SEC, while Missouri drops to 20-21 overall and 4-14 in conference play. The Gamecocks don't have a midweek game this week, and will be back in action on Friday, when they host Florida in a big-time conference matchup. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Founder's Park.