After scoring plenty of runs on Saturday afternoon, South Carolina didn’t have such luck on Sunday, as the Gamecocks fell to Kentucky in the third game of the series.
The Wildcats got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Coltyn Kessler. USC tied things up in the first inning, after Chris Cullen got hit by a pitch, Nick Neville singled with one out, and TJ Hopkins grounded out to score Cullen.
Kentucky regained the lead in the next inning, thanks to a Marshall Gei RBI groundout and an RBI sac bunt by Cam Hill to make the score 3-1. Another Wildcats run came in the fifth inning on an RBI double from Ryan Shinn, making it a 4-1 game. Their final two runs of the game were scored in the top of the sixth inning, when Kessler tallied an RBI groundout and T.J. Collett knocked an RBI single to give Kentucky a 6-1 lead. The Gamecocks’ only other run came in the bottom of the inning, after Hopkins started things off with a single and later scored on a two-out double by Jacob Olson.
South Carolina starter Daniel Lloyd pitched three innings and gave up four hits and two runs. He walked three batters and struck out one. Lloyd took the loss and is now 3-4. Dylan Harley, Wesley Sweatt, and Sawyer Bridges also took the mound in this game. Wildcats starter Zack Thompson got the win and is now 6-1.
The Gamecocks are now 26-25 overall and 7-20 in the SEC, while Kentucky is now 25-26 overall and 7-20 in conference play. USC will have its final midweek game of the regular season on Tuesday, when they host USC Upstate. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.