South Carolina’s three-game winning streak came to a screeching halt in the series opener against LSU, as the Gamecocks weren’t able to get much of anything going on Thursday night.
The Tigers got out to an early lead, going up 2-0 in the first inning on a Gavin Dugas home run. That score held all the way until the seventh, when LSU doubled its score on an RBI double by Dylan Crews and an RBI sac fly from Cade Doughty. Their final run came in the eighth inning on a solo shot by Cade Beloso.
USC finally ended the shutout in the ninth inning. Wes Clarke reached on a throwing error to start things off, Andrew Eyster walked, and David Mendham got hit to load the bases. Unfortunately, all the Cocks got out of it was the one run, which scored when Colin Burgess grounded into a double play. It was the second time Carolina squandered a good scoring chance, as Mendham led off the seventh with a triple but was later out at the plate.
Gamecocks starter Thomas Farr pitched five innings and allowed four hits, two runs, walked three batters and struck three out. He took the loss and is now 2-3. Daniel Lloyd and Jackson Phipps combined to go the rest of the way for South Carolina. Tigers starter Landon Marceaux got the win, making him 4-3. Brady Allen, Mendham, and Burgess were the only USC players to tally a hit, with one each.
Carolina is now 22-10 overall and 8-5 in the SEC, while LSU is 21-12 overall and 4-9 in conference play. The Cocks will try to even the series on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. in Baton Rouge.