After getting swept in Saturday’s doubleheader against Arkansas and scoring zero runs during the two games, the Gamecocks continued to flounder on Tuesday night, dropping another midweek game against an in-state opponent.
Presbyterian got out to an early lead, going up 2-0 in the first inning on an RBI groundout and an RBI single. The Blue Hose added another run in the second inning on another RBI single.
South Carolina’s only good inning of the night was the third, when they tied the game. With one out, Carlos Cortes and Madison Stokes walked, then LT Tolbert smacked a two-out triple to bring them both home and make it 3-2. Justin Row followed with a walk, and Jacob Olson brought Tolbert in with an RBI double.
The tie was broken in the top of the fifth inning by Presbyterian, as another RBI double made it 4-3. The Blue Hose loaded the bases in the next inning and added a couple of insurance runs, one of which came on a walk and the other on an RBI groundout, bumping the score to 6-3.
The Gamecocks scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. Cortes walked to start things off, Bride walked with one out, and Tolbert made it 6-4 with an RBI single. Presbyterian scored its final run in the top of the ninth on an RBI double.
Starter Carmen Mlodzinski worked five innings and allowed six hits and four runs. He walked one batter and struck out four. Mlodzinski took the loss and is now 1-4 on the season. TJ Shook, John Gilreath, and Parker Coyne also pitched in this game.
With the loss, South Carolina falls to 20-17, while Presbyterian is now 13-16. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Friday, when they open up a series against No. 19 LSU. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.