After exploding offensively on Saturday, the Gamecocks put together another lackluster offensive performance in Sunday’s rubber game against the No. 2 Gators.
Florida took an early lead, going up 1-0 on a leadoff home run to start the game. The Gators scored their only other two runs of the game in the fourth inning, thanks to another homer and a sac fly that put them up 3-0.
South Carolina ended the shutout in the bottom of the fourth. Jonah Bride was hit by a pitch to start things off, Carlos Cortes walked, and Danny Blair came through with an RBI single that made the score 3-1.
The Gamecocks’ only other run of the game was scored in the bottom of the sixth inning on a leadoff homer by Jacob Olson.
Starter Ridge Chapman had a decent outing, pitching four innings and giving up three hits and three runs. He didn’t walk any batters and struck out one. Chapman took the loss and drops to 1-2 on the season. Parker Coyne and Eddy Demurias combined to pitch the other five innings. Both of them did a nice job, and had the offense been able to do anything, USC might’ve been able to come away with a win. Alas.
South Carolina drops to 13-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while Florida is now 18-4 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday, when they travel to play The Citadel. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.