The Gamecocks looked pretty bad in their first game of the SEC Tournament. This isn't surprising, though, because the SEC Tournament is a nightmare for South Carolina every year, so it's best to just get through it as quickly as we can. The unfortunate news this year is that the Gamecocks' performance in Hoover could determine whether they're one of the top eight national seeds for the NCAA Tournament.
Anyway, there was very little in this game that was enjoyable for South Carolina. Ole Miss took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, then added three more runs in the third inning. The Gamecocks ended the shut out in the bottom of the third, though. Chris Cullen walked to lead off, Marcus Mooney got hit with two outs, and Alex Destino came through with an RBI double to get Cullen home. A Rebels error enabled Mooney to score too, making it 5-2.
Ole Miss added two more runs in sixth, then South Carolina tacked on their final two runs in the seventh inning. Gene Cone started things off with a double, then Mooney reached on an error and Cone came home. An RBI single by Jonah Bride made the score 7-4.
The Rebels' final three runs came on a homer in the eighth inning.
Starter Clarke Schmidt wasn't quite his usual sharp self, which I'm attributing to the Hoover curse. He worked into the fifth inning, before being replaced by Reed Scott. Taylor Widener and Tyler Haswell also pitched in the game. The Gamecocks also made five errors in this game, which didn't do them any favors.
With the loss, South Carolina drops to 42-14 overall. They'll face off against Texas A&M in an elimination game on Thursday morning, with first pitch set for 10:30 a.m. ET.