South Carolina Baseball Splits Doubleheader with No. 2 Arkansas

South Carolina baseball splits doubleheader with #2 Arkansas, winning game 1 but falling in game 2. Gamecocks remain in hunt for top SEC East spot despite mixed results against elite opponent.

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South Carolina Baseball Splits Doubleheader with No. 2 Arkansas

South Carolina Baseball Splits Doubleheader with No. 2 Arkansas

The University of South Carolina baseball team split a doubleheader with the No. 2 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks on April 20, 2024. In the first game, South Carolina won 6-3, but in the second game, Arkansas came back to win 9-6.

In the first game, South Carolina struck first with a two-run single from Talmadge LeCroy in the second inning. The Gamecocks then scored four runs in the sixth inning, including RBI hits from Austin Brinling and Parker Noland, to build a 6-1 lead. Arkansas threatened in the ninth inning, but South Carolina held on for the victory. Matthew Becker earned the win in relief for the Gamecocks, holding Arkansas to one run in 2 1/3 innings.

Despite having more hits (12 to 9) and leaving 13 runners on base, Arkansas struggled to capitalize on their opportunities in the first game. Razorbacks starter Mason Molina had command issues, walking seven batters and surrendering two runs in 3 1/3 innings to suffer his first loss of the season.

In the second game, Arkansas bounced back with a 9-6 win. The Razorbacks scored three unearned runs in the second inning after two South Carolina errors, taking an early lead they would not relinquish. Arkansas added five runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by a two-run double from Kendall Diggs, to extend their lead to 9-2.

South Carolina made a late rally, scoring three runs in the eighth inning and one in the ninth, but fell short. Brady Tygart turned in a quality start for Arkansas, allowing just two runs on four hits over six innings. The Gamecocks' Dylan Eskew took the loss despite a solid outing, giving up only one earned run in 5.2 innings.

Why this matters: The series win likely quiets concerns about Arkansas' performance on the road, as they had suffered their first SEC series loss of the season in Tuscaloosa the previous weekend. The split keeps South Carolina in the hunt for a top spot in the SEC East.

After the doubleheader, South Carolina head coach Mark Kingston acknowledged that a couple of players had tough weekends, but overall, he was pleased with the team's ability to score 12 runs against one of the best pitching staffs in the country. "We were close to being one of the top teams in the country," Kingston said. The Gamecocks will look to continue their strong play as they host No. 3 Kentucky in their next series starting on April 26.

Key Takeaways

  • South Carolina baseball split doubleheader with No. 2 Arkansas, winning 6-3 and losing 9-6.
  • In Game 1, South Carolina struck early and held on for the win, while Arkansas struggled to capitalize.
  • In Game 2, Arkansas bounced back with a 9-6 victory, scoring 3 unearned runs and 5 in the 7th.
  • The series split keeps South Carolina in the hunt for a top spot in the SEC East.
  • South Carolina coach pleased with team's ability to score 12 runs against a top pitching staff.