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#2 South Carolina at Kentucky, Game 3 Recap: Wildcats Beat Gamecocks 5-4 in Extras, Take Series

Stranding 15 runners is not a great strategy for winning baseball games


The Wildcats were first on the board, taking a 2-0 lead in the third inning, thanks to a two-run home run from JaVon Shelby.

South Carolina cut the lead in half in the next inning, after Madison Stokes started things off with a double, then came home on a two-out RBI double from Marcus Mooney. Kentucky got the run back in the bottom of the inning, though, on a passed ball.

The Gamecocks pulled back within one run in the seventh inning, courtesy of a two-out homer from Jonah Bride. They took a 4-3 lead in the next inning, after DC Arendas led off with a single and came home on an RBI single from Dom Thompson-Williams. The Wildcats tied things back up in the bottom of the eighth, though, when Zach Reks went yard.

The score was tied until the bottom of the 12th, when Kentucky's Dorian Hairston belted a solo walkoff homer.

South Carolina stranded 15 - FIFTEEN!!! - runners today, which was not great. The Gamecocks outhit the Wildcats by a wide margin, but that doesn't much matter when the runners don't get all the way around the bases.

Starter Adam Hill had a pretty decent outing, working five innings and allowing three runs. Josh Reagan pitched the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, and Tyler Johnson went the rest of the way.

With the loss, South Carolina drops to 36-11 overall and 16-7 in conference play, while Kentucky improves to 29-19 overall and 13-11 in the SEC. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday, when they host Presbyterian. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founder's Park.