South Carolina’s postseason hopes (are they actually hopes at this point?) continue to dwindle, as they dropped the second game of the series against Georgia, losing yet another SEC series. That means they lost eight out of ten SEC series this season, and the only two they won were against Tennessee and Alabama, which are the two teams that won’t make the conference tournament.
The Gamecocks were actually first on the board on Friday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a two-out RBI single by TJ Hopkins that scored Riley Hogan. South Carolina tacked on another run in the third inning, thanks to an RBI groundout by Jonah Bride.
The Bulldogs ended the shutout and took the lead in the fifth inning. After loading the bases, a double cleared them to make the score 3-2. Georgia added a run in the seventh inning on an RBI single, then scored their final run of the game in the eighth on an error to make it 5-2.
With two outs, the Gamecocks rallied in the ninth, but the comeback fell just short. Jacob Olson singled with runners on the corners to make the score 5-3, then Hopkins came through with an RBI double for the final run of the game.
Starter Adam Hill worked into the fifth inning, allowing five hits and no runs. He also struck out six batters. Josh Reagan took over for him, and Reed Scott finished the game.
With the loss, South Carolina falls to 31-23 overall and 12-17 in the SEC, while Georgia is now 25-30 overall and 11-18 in conference play. The Gamecocks will try to avoid being swept on Saturday, with first pitch set for 3 p.m. at Founders Park.