USC lost a three run lead after the seventh inning Saturday night in a 13 inning loss to Florida, and Sunday afternoon the Gamecocks saw a two run lead after the seventh inning evaporate in a 6-5 loss to that gave the Gators a 2-1 series victory.
It’s Florida’s third straight season series victory over the Gamecocks. The Gators won despite committing five errors that led to three unearned runs.
USC led 4-2 going into the top of the 8th but the Gators turned the game with a four run rally. The Gators loaded the bases with one out against USC starter Wil Crowe and he was replaced by Taylor Widener. He induced a hard hit ground ball to short from Peter Alonso but shortstop Marcus Mooney couldn’t handle it. The error allowed two runs to score tying the game.
Zack Powers untied the game with a a double to left center and Buddy Reed followed with a RBI single for his third hit of the day.
A solo homer by Jordan Gore in the bottom of the 8th made it a 6-5 game but the Gamecocks went down in order in the 9th against Eric Hanhold who picked up his second save of the season.
Dane Dunning earned the win, his first decision of the season and Crowe took the loss and is 6-2.
USC third baseman Joey Pankake had to leave the game with a pulled hamstring and his status for upcoming games is unknown at this point. Rightfielder Connor Bright did not start due to an elbow injury and second baseman Max Schrock missed his third straight game due to an illness.
The Gamecocks are now 28-7 overall and 8-7 in the SEC. Florida is 23-13 and 9-6. USC will host Charleston Southern Tuesday night before traveling to The Citadel Wednesday night and to Auburn this weekend.