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South Carolina at Texas game 3 recap: Gamecocks swept by Longhorns in 8-5 loss

Let us never speak of this series again

The Big Spur

It was another game of missed opportunities for South Carolina on Sunday, and that, combined with some pitching struggles and sloppy defense, resulted in a loss and the first sweep of the Gamecocks this season.

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Zach Zubia RBI single, but that lead was short-lived, as USC tied the game in the next inning. Andrew Eyster got hit by a pitch to start things off, Braylen Wimmer singled, and George Callil knocked a base hit with two outs to load the bases before a wild pitch brought in the tying run. The Longhorns answered in the bottom of the inning, going up 2-1 on a sac fly from Mitchell Daly. The Gamecocks again responded though, with a solo shot from Wes Clarke tying the game in the third.

Unfortunately, things took a turn after that. Texas scored two runs in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Ivan Melendez and a Cam Williams RBI single, giving them a 4-2 lead. They tacked on four more runs in the next inning, courtesy of a sac fly from Zubia, a DJ Petrinsky two-run double, and an RBI single by Trey Faltine, which put the Longhorns up 8-2.

Carolina got one run back in the fifth inning when Wimmer scored on a wild pitch to make the score 8-3, then the final two runs of the game came in the ninth. Clarke walked to lead off, Josiah Sightler singled, Wimmer came through with a one-out RBI base hit to make it an 8-4 game, and Connor Cino provided a pinch-hit RBI single.

USC starter Julian Bosnic had a bit of a rough outing, pitching three innings and giving up four hits and six runs, while walking four batters and striking three out. He took the loss and drops to 1-1. Andrew Peters, Will Sanders, Wesley Sweatt, Sightler, and Brett Kerry also took the mound in this game. Longhorns reliever Tanner Witt earned the win and is now 2-0. Wimmer led the Cocks at the plate with four hits, and he, Clarke, and Cino each tallied an RBI.

South Carolina is now 11-3 on the season, while Texas is 11-5. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday, when they host Davidson. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Columbia.