This...could be a long season.
The Gamecocks’ offense was yet again unimpressive on Sunday, as USC was shut out by the Bulldogs, who also walked away with a series sweep.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when Georgia took a 2-0 lead on an RBI double and a sac fly. A walk and a pair of wild pitches also helped them out, which was an unfortunate trend seen in all three games this weekend.
The only other run of the game was scored by the Bulldogs in the seventh inning thanks to another sac fly.
The Gamecocks’ only real scoring chance of the game came in the eighth inning. Jonah Bride and Chris Cullen both singled with two outs, but South Carolina was unable to capitalize, which is another unfortunate trend that happened in all three games of this series (and a number of games this season).
Starter Rudge Chapman worked 4.1 innings and allowed one hit and two runs. He walked five batters and struck one out. Parker Coyne and Eddy Demurias also pitched in the game. Chapman took the loss and drops to 1-3 on the season.
Nobody expected the Gamecocks to be a powerhouse this season, but this is a particularly rough stretch. LT Tolbert talked earlier in the year about this team not giving up and believing in themselves, and hopefully they’ll be able to use this weekend’s series as motivation to be better. There’s still half a season left, and if they’re able to be more consistently productive on offense and shore up the pitching a bit, there’s still a good chance of making the season a respectable one. If not...it’s not going to be very fun to follow this team for the next two months.
South Carolina is now 13-11 overall and 1-5 in conference play, while Georgia is 18-6 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday, when they take on Davidson. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.