The ugly trend of losing the opening game of SEC series continued Friday night for USC in Oxford, MS. Gamecock starting pitcher Thomas Farr should consider suing his teammates for lack of support, though he wasn’t great against the Rebels who kept him winless in SEC starts with a 5-1 win. The Gamecocks have now lost the first game in five of their six SEC series.
USC could only muster two hits and three baserunners off Ole Miss starter Greg Hoglund and two relievers, and the Gamecocks struck out 17 times with Wes Clarke going down four times. A solo home run by Josiah Sightler accounted for their only run, and a single by Andrew Eyster accounted for the other hit.
Farr allowed five runs, four of them earned, over five innings. He struck out five and walked five, and threw 112 pitches in his relatively short night. The Rebels scored two runs in the first and three more in the fourth.
The Gamecocks fall to 26-13 and 11-8. Ole Miss, which has dropped its last four SEC series, is 29-12 and 11-8. The teams will play two nine inning games on Saturday. Game one will be at 2:30 PM, game two at 7:00 PM.