The Gamecocks yet again struggled at the plate on Tuesday night, losing to The Citadel in the ninth inning.
The Bulldogs took an early lead, going up 1-0 in the first inning. That lead was short-lived though, as South Carolina tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Noah Campbell and TJ Hopkins walked to start things off, and an error eventually got Campbell home.
The tie was broken in the bottom of the second inning, as the Gamecocks took their first lead of the game. With one out, Carlos Cortes doubled, Hunter Taylor singled, and Campbell came through with a sac fly that got Cortes home and made the score 2-1.
The Citadel took the lead back in the fifth inning, thanks to a pair of RBI singles that put the Bulldogs on top 3-2. USC again tied the game in the seventh inning, when Cortes blasted a leadoff homer. They had a great chance to regain the lead in the eighth, when Madison Stokes led off with a triple, but they couldn’t get it done. That ended up being extra unfortunate because The Citadel started the top of the ninth with a leadoff home run that ended up being the final run of the game.
Starter Logan Chapman worked four innings and allowed one hit and one run. He walked four batters and struck out two. TJ Shook, Carmen Mlodzinski, and Parker Coyne also pitched in this game.
With the loss, South Carolina is now 13-8 (1-2 SEC), while The Citadel improves to 9-11. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Friday, when they start a series against Georgia in Athens. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.