The Gamecocks were first on the board in Sunday’s rubber game, taking a 1-0 lead after Jacob Olson doubled and Jonah Bride brought him in with an RBI single. South Carolina got the bases loaded with two outs in the inning, but wasn’t able to capitalize on the opportunity.
The second run of the game came in the fourth inning, on an LT Tolbert sacrifice fly that brought Olson home after he’d taken a leadoff walk.
Auburn tied things up in the bottom of the fourth, courtesy of an RBI sac fly from Daniel Robert and a one-out RBI single by Dylan Ingram. The Tigers took the lead in the sixth inning thanks to another RBI sac fly from Robert that made the score 3-2.
The Gamecocks tied the game back up, then regained the lead in the seventh inning. Bride started things off with a double, Tolbert knocked a base hit, and Madison Stokes hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed Bride to come home. TJ Hopkins followed with a two-run homer to put South Carolina back on top.
Unfortunately, Auburn pulled off some ninth-inning magic, scoring three runs on a walk-off homer by Kevin Davis.
Starter Adam Hill had another solid outing, working five innings. Reed Scott pitched the sixth, and Josh Reagan went the rest of the way for the Gamecocks.
With the loss, South Carolina drops to 19-8 overall and 6-3 in the SEC, while Auburn improves to 23-7 overall and 7-2 in conference play. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday, when they’ll host Furman. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.