Playing in yet another elimination game in Hoover, South Carolina’s offense was MIA for pretty much the entire game [insert sarcastic shocked face emoji here]. They did just enough to come away with another win, surviving and advancing again in the SEC Tournament. [insert another shocked face emoji here]
Kentucky scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI groundout. The Gamecocks were no-hit until the sixth inning and the shutout lasted until the seventh inning, when they finally got on the board.
Alex Destino walked to start things off and advanced on a sac bunt by Jonah Bride, Jacob Olson got to first on an error, and then pinch-hitter TJ Hopkins came through with a three-run homer to give South Carolina the lead.
Starter Adam Hill had a pretty good outing, working into the seventh inning. He was replaced by Josh Reagan, who got a couple of outs and then gave way to Reed Scott. He pitched until Tyler Johnson came in to close things out in the ninth. After the errorfest the other day, the Gamecocks were better defensively today, and even recorded a couple of pickoffs.
With the win, South Carolina stays alive in Hoover and will play LSU on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.