Much like in the other two games of this series (and many games this season), South Carolina’s offense was frustrating (and frustrated) at the plate, as they dropped the second game of the doubleheader against Ole Miss, marking the first time they’ve been swept in an SEC series this season.
The Gamecocks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning, after Josiah Sightler doubled with one out and David Mendham singled, then Wes Clarke came through with a homer. The Rebels responded in the bottom of the inning, making it 3-2 courtesy of RBI singles from Hayden Leatherwood and Jason Gonzalez.
Ole Miss took the lead in the next inning, going up 4-3 on a two-run shot by Kevin Graham. The final runs of the game came in the fifth. In the top of the inning, USC tied the game when George Callil started things off with a single and later scored on an RBI base hit from Brady Allen. The Rebels regained the lead in the bottom of the inning thanks to RBI singles from Hayden Dunhurst and TJ McCants.
Carolina starter Will Sanders worked just two innings, allowing four hits and five runs, walking one batter and striking two out. Brett Kerry and Julian Bosnic also pitched in this game, and Kerry took the loss, making him 3-1. OIe Miss reliever Jack Dougherty got the win and is now 1-0, while Taylor Broadway earned the save, his ninth. No USC players tallied more than one hit, though seven did record one. Clarke led the Cocks with three RBI.
South Carolina is now 26-15 overall and 11-10 in conference play, while the Rebels are 31-12 overall and 13-8 in the SEC. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday, when they host North Florida. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Founders Park.