What was turning into a dramatic rubber game in the weekend USC-Florida series at Founders Park turned into a run for cover game as first lightning and then heavy rain engulfed the ballpark Sunday afternoon. The game, which started more than an hour late because of lightning in the area, finally was canceled after three and a half innings of scoreless play.
As a result, USC will hold on to the lead in the SEC East by a half game over the Gators going into their next SEC series Friday night at Kentucky. Between now and then the Gamecocks will host USC Upstate Wednesday night.
Sunday’s game was building towards another tight finish just like the one run games of Friday and Saturday nights. USC pitcher Adam Hill did not allow a hit over his four innings but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have some issues.
He walked two in the first after two were out but got a ground ball to first to end the inning. Hill then retired six in a row until walking two more Gators in the fourth, but he got a strikeout to end that inning.
The Gamecocks had only one hit off Florida pitcher Alex Faedo, a leadoff single by Jonah Bride in the second. But Faedo retired the next three hitters stranding Bride at first.
The Gamecocks had their best chance to score in the third getting runners to second and third with two outs and Alex Destino at the plate, but he grounded out to second to end the inning.
Because the game was canceled and will not be resumed, none of the stats count, so Gene Cone’s 29 game hitting streak will be carried into Wednesday night’s game.