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South Carolina baseball falls to Kentucky in SEC Tournament

May 24, 2017


South Carolina baseball is one game away from elimination in the SEC Tournament.

The Gamecocks fell 7-2 to No. 3-seeded Kentucky on Wednesday, leaving the Gamecocks down to their final stand as they push for any shot at making the NCAA Tournament.

A three-run, bases-clearing double from Kentucky’s Evan White in the sixth inning blew the game open for the Wildcats, who already led 3-2 going into the frame.

South Carolina started out hot, exactly as it did against Vanderbilt on Tuesday in a 7-4 win in extra innings. The Gamecocks scored twice in the third, loading the bases with a walk, an intentional walk and a bloop single.

Alex Destino, who had a clutch two-run double in the 11th inning on Tuesday, lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to score TJ Hopkins for the first run of the game. Jonah Bride followed suit with a two-out single to left to score Carlos Cortes and give starter Cody Morris an early 2-0 lead.

The Wildcats came back strong offensively, as the best-hitting team in the SEC throughout the season has done time and time again. The Wildcats got leadoff singles in the third, scoring a run on a groundout. Morris appeared to be out of the inning when he got a groundout to second, but the ball scooted under Justin Row’s glove and into the outfield for the tying run.

Kentucky took the lead an inning later on a mammoth Kole Cottam hole run over the 405-foot sign in dead center field.

UK tacked on three more to break the game open with a pair of singles and a hit by pitch before White roped a John Parke pitch into right center field to empty the bases.

The Gamecocks allowed another run thanks to a throwing error from pitcher Graham Lawson in the eighth inning on a sacrifice bunt attempt, leading to Marcus Carson racing all the way around from first to score.

What’s next for South Carolina baseball

South Carolina will face the loser of Missouri-LSU at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday.

 

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