The South Carolina Gamecocks failed to capture their program’s 12th College World Series berth, finding themselves on the wrong end of a season-concluding lopsided affair.
The Arkansas Razorbacks scored five runs in the opening inning, and led wire-to-wire in a 14-4 triumph Monday, sending the Hogs to their ninth trip to Omaha in school history.
Gamecocks pitching could not find the strike zone whatsoever, as South Carolina walked six batters and hit two on the evening. Defensive miscues were prominent on both sides all weekend, and Arkansas made USC pay for a Jonah Bride throwing error which led to Carson Shaddy’s three-run homer in the first.
Four Arkansas hitters drove in multiple runs, led by Luke Bonfield bringing home four, with Eric Cole and Casey Martin driving in two runs apiece. Cole reached base five times, scoring all five, including an opposite-field solo homer.
South Carolina scored two runs on a wild pitch in the fourth, and Jacob Olsen hit two solo home runs in his final appearance as a Gamecock.
USC Head Coach Mark Kingston reflected on the season which he termed a success despite falling short of the ultimate goal:
South Carolina Head Coach Mark Kingston
South Carolina OF Jacob Olson & RHP Ridge Chapman
South Carolina concludes its season at 37-26, while Arkansas will face Texas later this week to open the College World Series.