The loss to Presbyterian at home Tuesday night, a team with a 275 RPI, could have buried the season for USC. The Gamecocks were 20-17 at that point and with LSU coming in for three games, expectations in the outside world for a rebound was low. But rebound they did sweeping the Tigers for the first time since 2006. All of a sudden, this Gamecock season has taken on new life.
This sweep was no accident. The Gamecocks hammered LSU pitching into submission outscoring the Tigers 30-10. The Gamecocks batted .355 with 13 extra-base hits and a .523 slugging percentage.
TJ Hopkins finally got back into the lineup Friday night and showed the country what the Gamecocks had been missing by hitting .467 and driving in six runs over the weekend. Madison Stokes also continued his hot hitting with a .429 clip in the series and four RBIs.
Freshman Logan Chapman was stellar in Friday night’s win allowing two hits in 6.2 innings. Saturday Adam Hill earned his fourth win by striking out seven over six innings and he lowered his SEC best opponent’s batting average to .145. And the bullpen picked up Cody Morris Sunday as the Gamecocks rallied from a 6-0 deficit. Eddie Demurias and Sawyer Bridges kept the Tigers at bay as their teammates chipped away at the lead.
As a team, the Gamecocks are now hitting .270 and the pitching staff ERA stands at 4.04. And the Gamecocks have committed just 32 errors in their 40 games. They are now 23-17 overall and 9-9 in the SEC.
The Gamecocks will face Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville Tuesday night then play at Vanderbilt this coming weekend.
Mark Kingston following Sunday’s win over LSU:
SEC Standings as of 4-22-2018
|4||South Carolina||9-9||0.500||5||23-17||0.575||59||4-12||6-4||3 Wins|
|1||Ole Miss||10-8||0.556||–||32-9||0.780||5||10-7||6-4||2 Wins|
|3||Texas A&M||9-9||0.500||1||29-11||0.725||14||5-7||8-2||1 Loss|
|6||Mississippi State||8-10||0.444||2||22-19||0.537||46||7-11||6-4||3 Wins|