South Carolina was again unimpressive on offense against Clemson on Sunday, scoring just a pair of runs for the third straight game and losing 5-2.
The game was scoreless until the fourth, when the Tigers took a 3-0 lead thanks to a hit by pitch and a Dylan Brewer single. The Gamecocks ended the shutout in the next inning, making it 3-1 when Talmadge LeCroy walked and later came home on a base hit by Braylen Wimmer.
USC pulled within one in the sixth inning after Josiah Sightler and Connor Cino each walked and Carson Hornung singled, making the score 3-2. Clemson added their final two runs in the eighth inning, courtesy of a solo shot by Cooper Ingle that bumped the score to 4-2 and a base hit by Jonathan French.
Cocks starter John Gilreath pitched three innings and allowed two hits but no runs. He walked one batter and struck out three. Aidan Hunter, Matthew Becker, Wesley Sweatt, and Michael Braswell combined to go the rest of the way, and Hunter took the loss, making him 2-1. Tigers reliever Jackson Lindley earned the win, making him 2-0, while Ryan Ammons earned the save, his fourth. Braswell led Carolina at the plate with four hits, while Wimmer and Hornung each recorded an RBI. Brewer led Clemson at the plate with two hits and two RBI.
USC is now 7-4 on the season, while the Tigers are 11-0. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday, when they host Xavier. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.