Is this Gamecocks baseball team good? Not really. Are they bad? Kinda. Are they either one, depending on the game? Apparently yes. After getting blown out on Friday night and then turning around and trouncing Kentucky on Saturday, South Carolina was again on the losing end on Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats got on the board first, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning on back-to-back homers. The Gamecocks got one run back in the third, when Carlos Cortes went yard to make it 2-1.
USC tied the game in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Matt Williams was safe at first thanks to an error, Riley Hogan walked, and Hunter Taylor brought Williams home. UK answered by scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning, thanks in large part to some walks and wild pitches, one of which brought in a run.
The Gamecocks scored again in the top of the sixth inning. Jonah Bride led off with a single, Hogan singled with one out, and Taylor walked to load the bases. South Carolina only got one run out of that though, as Jacob Olson made it 5-3 when he hit into a fielder’s choice.
A pair of home runs brought in four runs for Kentucky in the bottom of the sixth, making the score 9-3, but the Gamecocks answered by scoring a couple more in the next inning. Justin Row walked with one out and Bride got hit with two outs, and RBI singles from Williams and Hogan brought them both home to make it 9-5. The Wildcats scored the final run of the game in the eighth inning on a sac fly.
Starter Ridge Chapman pitched into the fourth inning before being replaced by Carmen Mlodzinski. John Gilreath and Eddy Demurias also pitched in this game.
South Carolina drops to 18-14 overall and 5-7 in conference play, while Kentucky improves to 22-10 overall and 5-7 in the SEC. The rubber game is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday, when they take on The Citadel in Charleston. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.