Arkansas’s bats came out hot against poor USC pitching Wednesday night as the Razorbacks scored 10 runs over the first four innings on their way to a 13-8 victory in day two of the SEC Tournament in Hoover, AL. The Gamecocks fall into the losers bracket and will face LSU Thursday afternoon in an elimination game.
A three run homer in the first by Dominic Fletcher off Gamecock starter Logan Chapman got things rolling for the Razorbacks and they never looked back. They added three in the second, two in the third and two more in the fourth for a 10-1 lead.
The Gamecocks showed spunk in the sixth. With coach Mark Kingston pinch-hitting for practically every starter, USC loaded the bases. Danny Blair drew a walk to force in a run and LT Tolbert, who had four hits on the night, cleared the bases with a grand slam over the right field wall to make it an 11-6 game.
It was 13-6 in the ninth when Madison Stokes delivered an RBI single. The Gamecocks then loaded the bases with one out for Tolbert who singled for their eighth run. That put the tying run on deck. But there would be no more drama as Chris Cullen grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game.
Five USC pitchers yielded three home runs, eight walks and hit two batters. Of the 197 pitches thrown by the staff, 89 were called balls.
USC falls to 33-23 overall and is 18-14 in SEC games this season. They will start Adam Hill on the mound against LSU. He pitched six innings of four hit ball against the Tigers in an 11-4 win April 21st.