After a lackluster offensive performance on Friday night, it was much of the same for South Carolina on Saturday, as they were shut out for the first time this season.
Much like Friday night’s game, Saturday’s was scoreless for a number of innings, until Texas got on the board in the fifth, taking a 2-0 lead on a pair of solo shots by Peyton Powell and Mitchell Daly. The only other run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning, when a balk forced one in.
While the Gamecocks had multiple chances to score, they repeatedly were unable to capitalize, which wasn’t exactly encouraging.
USC starter Brannon Jordan had a better outing than his final line might indicate, working five innings and allowing three hits and two runs, while also striking out six batters and walking two. He also took the loss and is now 1-1. Jack Mahoney, Jackson Phipps, Brett Thomas, John Gilreath, and Daniel Lloyd combined to go the rest of the way for the Gamecocks. Longhorns starter Tristan Stevens earned the win and reliever Palmer Wenzel got the save. Despite the goose egg on the scoreboard, Brady Allen, Josiah Sightler, and George Callil each tallied two hits at the plate.
With the loss, South Carolina is now 11-2, while Texas improves to 10-5. The Gamecocks will try to avoid being swept on Sunday, with first pitch set for 11 a.m. in Austin.