The second game in Saturday’s doubleheader looked a lot more like the series opener than it should have, as South Carolina was unproductive on offense and sloppy on defense, losing an SEC series for the first time in a while.
Arkansas again scored first, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning on an RBI single from Jalen Battles and a fielder’s choice by Zack Gregory. The Gamecocks answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring their only run of the game on a Brady Allen solo shot that made the score 2-1.
The Razorbacks doubled their run total in the fifth inning, scoring two runs on a homer by Cayden Wallace that made it a 4-1 game. Their final run came in the seventh, courtesy of a fielding error.
USC starter Will Sanders worked five innings and allowed six hits and four runs, walked one batter, and struck out three. He took the loss and is now 6-2. Julian Bosnic and Daniel Lloyd also pitched in this game. Razorbacks starter Patrick Wicklander got the win and improves to 2-1. Allen and David Mendham were the only Carolina players to get a hit, and Allen had the only RBI.
There weren’t many highlights of this game outside of Allen’s home run, but Shane Beamer did throw out the first pitch, which is fun to see:
The Gamecocks are now 25-12 overall and 11-7 in the SEC, while Arkansas is 32-7 overall and 13-5 in conference play. South Carolina will be back in action on Tuesday, when they host The Citadel. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.