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South Carolina at Kentucky game 3 recap: Gamecocks beat Wildcats 11-6, sweep series

This is the first time USC has gotten a sweep in Lexington since 2002

The Big Spur

South Carolina kept things rolling on Sunday, wrapping up a series sweep with an 11-6 victory over Kentucky.

The game was scoreless until the third, when the Gamecocks took a 3-0 lead. George Callil started things off with a single, Andrew Eyster doubled with one out, and Josiah Sightler came through with a two-out, three-run dinger. USC then doubled its run total in the next inning. Brennan Milone knocked a base hit to lead off, Callil got hit by a pitch and Allen loaded singled to load the bases with one out, and then Eyster hit a sac fly and Wes Clarke doubled to make it a 6-0 game. The Wildcats ended the shutout in the bottom of the inning, making it 6-1 thanks to a groundout by Oraj Anu.

The Cocks added another insurance run in the fifth, when Braylen Wimmer got hit by a pitch and later scored on a throwing error to bump the score to 7-1. UK got a couple of runs back in the next inning, courtesy of a Cam Hill triple and a base hit by Austin Schultz, making the score 7-3. Both teams scored again in the seventh. In the top of the inning, Wimmer and Jeff Heinrich both singled with one out, and Colin Burgess got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brady Allen then came through with a two-out, two-run single and Eyster contributed a run-scoring single to make it a 10-3 game. The Wildcats got those runs back in the bottom of the inning, making the score 10-5 thanks to a pair of sac flies from Chase Estep and Ryan Ritter.

Kentucky’s final run of the game came in the eighth inning, as they made it 10-6 on a John Rhodes groundout. Carolina tacked on the last run of the game in the ninth, when Callil singled and later scored on a base hit by Eyster.

Gamecocks starter Thomas Farr worked 5.2 innings and allowed seven hits and three runs, walked one batter, and struck out three. He earned the win and is now 3-5 on the season. Andrew Peters, Julian Bosnic, and Will Sanders combined to go the rest of the way for South Carolina. Wildcats starter Zack Lee took the loss and is now 4-6. Eyster led the Cocks at the plate with four hits and four RBI.

USC improves to 31-18 overall and 15-12 in conference play, while UK is now 27-20 overall and 11-16 in the SEC. The Gamecocks will be back in action on Tuesday, when they host Appalachian State in the final midweek game of the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Columbia.