As has been the case for much of this season, South Carolina’s offense failed to come through against Virginia on Sunday, leading to a season-ending loss.
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Devin Ortiz, then added another run in the next inning on an Alex Tappen solo shot to make the score 2-0. Their final run of the game came in the third on an RBI double from Nic Kent, making it a 3-0 game. The Gamecocks finally ended the shutout in the sixth, when Brady Allen walked with one out and later scored on an RBI groundout by Wes Clarke that made it 3-1. The only other run of the game came in the seventh, when Brennan Milone blasted a leadoff homer.
USC starter Brannon Jordan worked 2.2 innings and allowed five hits and three runs, walked one batter, and struck out five. He took the loss and finishes the season with a 5-6 record. Julian Bosnic and Daniel Lloyd combined to go the rest of the way for the Cocks, tossing 5.1 innings of shutout ball. Virginia starter Matt Wyatt got the win, making him 3-1, while closer Stephen Schoch earned the save, his eighth. Milone and Andrew Eyster led Carolina at the plate with two hits each, while Milone and Clarke each recorded an RBI.
Much like in their game against Old Dominion on Saturday, the Gamecocks were again on the wrong end of bad luck and questionable umpiring, but they also again weren’t able to overcome either of those by making clutch offensive plays when they had chances.
South Carolina finishes the season with a record of 34-23, while the Cavaliers are now 31-25.