#Gamecocks strand a dozen in 7-1 loss to Kentucky (AUDIO)

Kevin Madden went 2 for 5 with a double, Sunday, but it was far from enough in a 7-1 loss to Kentucky (Wes Wilson)

South Carolina won the must-have series but lost the weekend finale to Kentucky 7-1 at Founders Park, Sunday.  Five Wildcats pitchers combined to allow just four hits, and one run, to shut down the previously red-hot Gamecock bats.  The difference in the ballgame was the Gamecocks’ inability to drive runners home, as the team combined to go 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position, stranding twelve baserunners in total.

UK’s Ryan Ritter opened the scoring with a second-inning home run.  Then, following a throwing error by Gamecocks starter Will Sanders, Adam Fogel blasted a two-run homer to right, extending their lead to 3-0.  South Carolina’s best scoring opportunity of the day came in the fifth, as they had the bases loaded with only one out.  Andrew Eyster drew a walk to score a run, but then both Braylen Wimmer and Michael Braswell struck out looking, leaving the bases loaded without ever taking the bat off their shoulders.  Kentucky got the run back in the sixth after another Gamecocks error, this time an off target throw from Wimmer.  That play allowed the inning to continue, leading to an RBI single by Ritter, making the score 4-1.  Kentucky added insurance runs in the eighth via a three-run homer by Chase Estep.  South Carolina was unable to mount a rally in their final two turns at the plate.

Will Sanders (7-3) took the loss, as USC falls to 26-24 on the season, and 12-15 in the SEC.  Mason Hazelwood (2-2) got the win for Kentucky, as they improved to 27-23 overall, and 10-17 in the SEC.  South Carolina is back in action Tuesday, at home against Charlotte, before finishing the regular season with a weekend series at Florida.  The Gamecocks currently sit in tenth place in the SEC and need a good series against Florida if they hope to make the conference tournament.

Box Score

Mark Kingston postgame press conference

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