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South Carolina baseball surrenders three leads, drops series to Georgia

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South Carolina baseball surrenders three leads, drops series to Georgia

March 16, 2019

After a quiet series opener, South Carolina baseball got some production from its bats against Georgia on Saturday.

But the Gamecocks’ top starting pitcher struggled for the first time this year, as did the defense, and USC fell 8-7 to the Bulldogs, dropping the series.

In a back-and-forth contest at Founders Park, Carolina (14-5, 0-2 SEC) took the lead three different times against UGA, only to surrender them all the next half-inning.

The Gamecocks’ first four runs of the day came off home runs in the second and third innings from sophomore catcher Luke Berryhill, freshman DH Ian Jenkins and sophomore right fielder Andrew Eyster. The latter two were part of a four-run third that was capped by an RBI bloop double from senior third baseman Jacob Olson that scored Berryhill and gave USC a 5-1 advantage.

Carolina junior starter Reid Morgan, however, encountered his first real trouble of the entire season, allowing three singles and a run to score in the third inning, then giving up four more in the fourth off four singles, a walk, a sacrifice fly and plenty of help from Carolina’s defense along the way — no one covered first base on a sacrifice bunt, allowing the batter to reach, and a fielder’s choice wound up loading the bases on a fielding error at second base.

Carolina committed three errors on the day, tied for a season high.

USC retook the lead once more in the bottom of the fourth inning on a sharp line drive RBI single from junior shortstop George Callil, but Georgia once again came right back in the top of the fifth, getting an infield single and RBI double off freshman reliever Daniel Lloyd.

Lloyd was then replaced by senior reliever Gage Hinson, who gave up an RBI groundout in the fifth and three singles in the sixth to give Georgia an 8-6 lead.

Olson gave the Gamecocks some life late, getting hit by a pitch in the eighth inning and then advancing from first to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly from senior first baseman Chris Cullen.

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I don’t understand missing on fundamental things, like covering a base.  As a player, you should be running through the scenarios of what could happen, and what you are supposed to do, before each pitch.  That’s how I was taught, and you’d think it would be instilled in them by the time you reach this level.

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3 hours ago, Cockyandproud said:

I don’t understand missing on fundamental things, like covering a base.  As a player, you should be running through the scenarios of what could happen, and what you are supposed to do, before each pitch.  That’s how I was taught, and you’d think it would be instilled in them by the time you reach this level.

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