The trend no one asked for - South Carolina playing poorly and losing the first game of an SEC series - continued on Thursday night, as Arkansas rallied late and the Gamecocks had no answer.
The Razorbacks got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo shot by Robert Moore. That score held until the fourth, when Andrew Eyster walked to start things off and Colin Burgess knocked a one-out RBI double to bring him home, tying the game.
Arkansas regained the lead for good in the seventh thanks to a two-run homer from Moore that made the score 3-1. They tacked on two more runs in the next inning courtesy of a Christian Franklin RBI single and a bad throw to make it 5-1, and the final run came in the ninth on an RBI single by Brady Slavens.
USC starter Thomas Farr did a good job overall, working seven innings and allowing five hits and four runs, walking two batters, and striking out five. He took the loss and drops to 2-4. Wesley Sweatt and John Gilreath also took the mound in this game. Razorbacks reliever Caden Monke got the win and is now 5-0, while Kevin Kopps earned the save, his fifth. Burgess and David Mendham were the only two players to tally a hit for the Cocks, and Burgess also had the only RBI. Carolina had the bases loaded twice and came away with nothing either time, which is not great, to say the least. They also got sloppy in the field several times, another not-great situation.
The Gamecocks are now 24-11 overall and 10-6 in the SEC, while Arkansas improves to 31-6 overall and 12-4 in conference play. They’ll play a doubleheader tomorrow, with first pitch in game one set for 2 p.m. at Founders Park. Brannon Jordan will start on the mound for South Carolina.