Getting swept by Missouri is a bad look, but that’s nothing new for this season, as the struggles continued for South Carolina in Sunday’s seven-inning game, which was called due to weather and SEC rules about resumption times
The Gamecocks got on the board first, taking a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. George Callil and Brady Allen walked to start things off, TJ Hopkins singled to load the bases, and Luke Berryhill walked to force in a run and make it 1-0. Then with one out, Andrew Eyster came through with a two-run single to put USC up 3-0, and he scored on a balk. The Tigers got two runs back in the bottom of the inning on a base hit from Chad McDaniel that made it a 4-2 game.
Callil homered with one out in the top of the second to put the Gamecocks up 5-2, but Missouri pulled within one run in the bottom of the third, thanks to a Chris Cornelius RBI single and a wild pitch, which made the score 5-4. The Tigers then tied the game and took the lead in the fifth inning. Cornelius hit a solo shot to start things off and even the score, and McDaniel later came through with an RBI single to put Mizzou up 6-5.
South Carolina regained the lead in the top of the next inning. Jacob Olson and Eyster each reached on an error with one out, then Chris Cullen doubled to score Olson and tie the game, and Noah Campbell followed with an RBI sac fly that made the score 7-6 Gamecocks. That didn’t last long though, as the Tigers tied the game again with an RBI single from Mark Vierling in the bottom of the inning. Missouri’s final two runs came in the bottom of the seventh on a homer by Peter Zimmermann.
USC starter TJ Shook had to leave in the first inning due to injury, and Brett Kerry, Sawyer Bridges, and Dylan Harley went the rest of the way. Bridges took the loss and is now 2-1. Tigers reliever Cameron Dulle earned the win and is now 4-3.
The Gamecocks drop to 24-20 overall and 5-16 in the SEC, while Mizzou improves to 30-15-1 overall and 10-10-1 in conference play. South Carolina will be off during the week and will play next on Friday, when they open up a series against Vanderbilt at Founders Park.