The newly ranked Gamecocks didn’t look very impressive at the plate on Thursday night, dropping the first game of the series against Texas A&M after the Aggies rallied late.
Texas A&M got on the board first, taking a 2-0 lead on a home run in the first inning. Another homer in the second put the Aggies up 3-0.
No. 23 South Carolina ended the shutout in the third inning, when Matt Williams singled to lead off and advanced on a passed ball, then came home on an RBI single by Noah Campbell to make the score 3-1.
Madison Stokes homered to start the fourth inning, making it 3-2, then the Gamecocks tied things up in the fifth on a one-out homer by Carlos Cortes.
Texas A&M broke the tie in the sixth inning with a one-out RBI single, giving them a 4-3 lead. The final two runs of the game came in the eighth inning on a pair of one-out RBI singles.
Starter Logan Chapman worked 5.2 innings and allowed eight hits and four runs. He walked one batter and struck out six. Chapman took the loss and is now 3-2 on the season. Eddy Demurias, TJ Shook, and John Gilreath also pitched in this game.
South Carolina is now 30-22 overall and 15-13 in the SEC, while Texas A&M improves to 36-17 overall and 13-15 in conference play. They’ll meet again on Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m.