The fun and good and productive version of South Carolina’s offense was nowhere to be found on Saturday, as they mustered just one run against No. 17 Vanderbilt.
The Gamecocks were first on the board, going up 1-0 in the first inning on a home run by Carlos Cortes. Unfortunately, everything when downhill after that.
The Commodores tied the game and took the lead in the second inning, thanks to a pair of RBI singles and a pair of two-RBI singles that put them up 6-1 by the time the inning was done. That score held until the fifth inning, when Vandy added its final two runs of the game on a homer.
USC had a couple of other scoring chances, but the bats were mostly quiet today, which is a bummer after the last five games, in which the offense has looked like they were finally putting it all together. Alas.
Starter Adam Hill didn’t have his best outing, working 4.1 innings and giving up eight hits and seven runs. He walked two batters and struck out seven. He took the loss and is now 4-5 on the season. Ridge Chapman and Graham Lawson also pitched in this game.
South Carolina drops to 25-18 overall and 10-10 in the SEC, while Vanderbilt is now 25-17 overall and 11-9 in conference play. The rubber game is set to start at 2 p.m. on Sunday.