The first game of the series against Kentucky was fun and good. The same cannot be said of the second game.
The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, courtesy of an RBI single from Dorian Hairston and a two-run double by Kole Cottam.
They tacked on another run in the fifth inning thanks mainly to a few wild pitches by Braden Webb. Another Kentucky run of the night came on a solo homer by Tristan Pompey in the seventh inning, and their final run came courtesy of an error in the eighth inning.
South Carolina was getting shut out until the sixth inning in this game, and they really only had scoring chances in two innings. In the first, Gene Cone reached first safely thanks to an error and Dom Thompson-Williams walked, but both were left stranded. In the sixth inning, DTW singled with two outs and Alex Destino knocked a base hit as well, but he was picked off to end the inning.
Cone also saw his hitting streak come to an end at 31 games, though he did extend his on-base streak to 35 games, which is pretty good.
Webb wasn't quite as dominant as he usually has been this season, but he still pitched pretty well. He worked seven innings and gave up six hits, five runs, walked two batters and struck out 10. Brandon Murray pitched the eighth inning for the Gamecocks.
With the loss, South Carolina is now 36-10 overall and 16-6 in the SEC, while Kentucky improves to 28-19 overall and 12-11 in conference play. The rubber game is set to begin at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.