After pulling off an unexpect upset over No. 3 Arkansas on Thursday, the Gamecocks were barely able to muster any runs against the Razorbacks in Saturday’s doubleheader.
In the first game, Arkansas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a one-out homer. The only other run of the game was scored in the bottom of the sixth, and it came on a wild pitch with two outs.
South Carolina was spared from being no-hit in the top of the seventh, when Justin Row singled to lead off. His hit was the only hit of the game and he was the only baserunner the Gamecocks had in the game, neither of which is a good thing. USC went down in order in every inning but the seventh, which unfortunately was something they came very close to repeating in the second game.
Despite the offensive struggles, the pitchers did a pretty good job. Starter Adam Hill worked five innings and gave up three hits and two runs. He walked three batters and struck out five. Hill also took the loss and is now 3-2 on the season. TJ Shook and John Gilreath combined to pitch the sixth inning.
In the second game, the Razorbacks again took an early lead, going up 1-0 in the first inning on a two-out RBI single. That score held until the bottom of the sixth, when Arkansas scored the final two runs of the game thanks to a one-out homer.
The Gamecocks weren’t in danger of being no-hit in the second game, as Row singled in the second inning, but they were only able to get a total of three hits in the seven innings, which, again, wasn’t great. Row was really the only bright spot on offense in both games of the doubleheader, and he’s quietly been having a really nice senior season.
LIke in the first game, USC’s pitching wasn’t bad. Starter Cody Morris went five innings and allowed three hits and one run. He walked two batters and struck four out. Morris also took the loss and is now 6-3. Eddy Demurias and Graham Lawson pitched the sixth inning.
South Carolina drops to 20-16 overall and 6-9 in conference play, while Arkansas improves to 27-10 overall and 10-5 in the SEC. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday, when they host Presbyterian. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.