South Carolina was back to its all-too-frequent offensive ineptitude on Saturday night, failing to capitalize on multiple chances in a close loss to Old Dominion.
The Monarchs were first on the board, going up 1-0 in the second inning on a home run from Matt Coutney. The Gamecocks tied things up in the fourth, when Braylen Wimmer doubled with one out, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI sac fly by Joe Satterfield. The final run of the game came on a bases loaded walk in the eighth.
As has happened to him often this season, USC starter Thomas Farr did a great job but took a loss after getting no help from his offense. Farr worked a season-high 7.2 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, walking three batters, and striking four out. His record is now 3-7. Will Sanders also pitched in this game and did a nice job keeping Old Dominion from adding any additional runs. Monarchs starter Ryne Moore got the win and is now 9-1. Wimmer, Satterfield, and Brady Allen were the only Cocks players to get a hit, while Satterfield was the only one to record an RBI. Six Carolina players were hit by a pitch, but they were largely unable to take advantage of those.
This game also featured some very questionable umpiring, but the Gamecocks had chances to make that not matter and they just didn’t get it done.
South Carolina is now 34-22, while is Old Dominion is 44-14. USC will play Virginia again on Sunday at noon, and the loser of that game will be eliminated from the Regional.