The South Carolina Gamecocks made it three SEC series wins in a row by taking the first two games from the #4 Ole Miss Rebels, only to lose the final game in extra innings Sunday.
USC came from behind to win Friday night’s opener, 13-5, backed up a stellar start from Adam Hill to win Saturday 11-6 but gave up a two-run lead late on Sunday to fall 6-5 in 10 innings.
The Gamecocks had a proficient offense in all three games, collecting 42 hits in the three contests. Madison Stokes mashed a team-high seven hits with four driven in, and Carlos Cortes had five hits with five RBI in the final two contests including a pair of home runs.
South Carolina looked prime for a sweep with a 5-3 lead on Sunday, but Ole Miss hit four solo home runs including one in the eighth to equalize the game off of Eddy Demurias.
The Gamecocks had a chance to take the lead on a seeing-eye single by Hunter Taylor, but third-base coach Stuart Lake held Jacob Olsen at third with none out. USC failed to score Olsen despite getting three cracks with the top of its lineup. USC loaded the bases after Ole Miss took the lead in the tenth, but Stokes struck out to end the ballgame.
Gamecocks’ Head Coach Mark Kingston explained the decision, while also saying the loss did not put a damper on the weekend for USC:
South Carolina will play a mid-week neutral site game against College of Charleston at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, where they will see former Gamecocks Head Coach Chad Holbrook. Next weekend, USC will play its final SEC home series facing Missouri, who Georgia swept this past weekend.
SEC STANDINGS (Overall Record in Parentheses)
Florida 18-6 (38-1)
Georgia 15-9 (33-14)
South Carolina 13-11 (28-19)
Kentucky 11-13 (30-17)
Vanderbilt 11-13 (25-22)
Tennessee 10-14 (27-23)
Missouri 9-15 (30-18)
Arkansas 14-10 (33-15)
Ole Miss 13-11 (36-13)
Auburn 13-11 (34-14)
Texas A&M 12-12 (34-14)
LSU 12-12 (28-20)
Mississippi State 11-13 (26-22)
Alabama 6-18 (24-25)