Well. Uh. This game was...something. On the plus side, we only had to endure seven innings. On the downside, that was because the Gamecocks were out of the game early and had almost no chance to get back into it.
LSU took a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a pair of homers by Kramer Robertson and Greg Deichmann. The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the next inning courtesy of a Cole Freeman RBI single and a wild pitch. More runs came in the third inning, as an RBI single made it 6-0 LSU, then back-to-back triples brought in three more runs. A sacrifice fly put the Tigers on top 10-0, and their final run came on another Deichmann homer.
The only real threat from South Carolina came in fourth inning, when the bases were loaded with two outs. Unfortunately, a wild pitch ended up being the third out at home as Jonah Bride tried to score.
Pitching was not a particularly bright spot for the Gamecocks, which wasn’t surprising given the whole five games in five days thing. Starter Colby Lee got off to a rough start and only pitched into the second inning before being replaced by John Parke. Colie Bowers took over in the third, and he worked until Graham Lawson entered the game to start the fifth inning. Brandon Murray came in to pitch the sixth inning and went the rest of the way. He did a nice job, tossing two perfect innings.
With the loss, South Carolina is eliminated from the SEC Tournament and will wait to find out whether they’ll be in the NCAA Tournament. The field of 64 teams will be announced Monday.